Official: Plane evacuated in Florida, reported possible leak


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a plane set to fly from West Palm Beach to Philadelphia with 138 people aboard had to be evacuated following a report of a possible hydraulic fuel leak.

Palm Beach International Airport spokeswoman Casandra Davis says the American Airlines plane was set to head out to the runway Thursday afternoon when crewmembers called in a possible leak.

Davis says the 138 passengers and crewmembers were evacuated to the tarmac, and that 17 people were taken to hospitals with symptoms that included burning eyes, itchy skin, and difficulty breathing. The other passengers were returned to the terminal. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue officials went to the scene.

American Airlines didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking more details.