Seven flight attendants were taken to hospital complaining of headaches caused by “odours in the cabin” on an American Airlines aircraft.

The crew on flight 1896, which landed safely in Orlando on Monday night, were said to have been involved in what are known as fume events. Seven staff were hospitalised, but none of the 89 passengers needed medical treatment.

According to American Airlines the Airbus A330 is currently undergoing a “thorough maintenance inspection”, but the airline has not yet identified what caused the odour. The flight attendants were released from hospital shortly after their arrival.

This is the third fume event to affect the aircraft in as many months, according to ABC News. The jet is alleged to have experienced a “dirty sock odour” on November 23 and a similar incident five days later.

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