BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Seven people were rushed to the hospital just after takeoff at Baltimore Washington International Marshall Airport, due to an “unknown odor” onboard Wednesday.

A precautionary alert was released regarding a Spirit Airlines flight at the airport Wednesday morning, according to officials.

The alert happened just after takeoff, forcing the plane to turn around and land.

The BWI Marshall Airport Fire and Rescue Department responded to the plane which landed without incident. It was then taxied to a gate.

Passengers say their flight was about a half hour in the hour when over Virginia, the pilot turned around and came back to BWI.

“The captain told us we had to go back, they didn’t tell us why. So we came back here and everyone had to leave the airplane,” said Omar Isssa, of Silver Spring, Md.

Bertha Castaneda, of Philadelphia, said she did not smell any fumes, nor did any of the other passengers WJZ’s Mike Schuh spoke with.

When they landed, they were met by ambulances, they said at least one flight attendant was removed on a stretcher, and BWI officials said six others were taken to Baltimore Washington Medical CEnter.

WJZ reached out for comment from Spirit Airlines, but have not heard back at this time.

This is a developing story. Stay with WJZ for updates.

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