Possible carbon dioxide leak at Los Angeles International Airport, four workers reported sick

One man, described as an employee in his 50s, was hospitalized from the suspected leak.

Updated: October 31, 2022 - 1:15pm

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Four Los Angeles International Airport workers fell "suddenly ill" and a terminal was evacuated on Monday following a possible carbon dioxide leak, officials said. 

No travelers were affected by the suspected gas leak in Terminal 8, as officials relocated up to 100 people from that area to Terminal 7, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Four workers, three adult men and one woman, "took suddenly ill" after hearing a "popping sound" in a utility room in the airport, according to officials.

Three of the employees were treated at the scene for "minor complaints," officials said, while a fourth worker, described as a man in his 50s was "found pulseless and non-breathing inside the utility room."

The man was transported to a local hospital and his "condition was upgraded from grave to critical on hospital arrival," the fire department said.

The Los Angeles airport said a hazmat investigation is being conducted and only United Airlines flights were impacted by the suspected leak.

The Los Angeles International Airport was evacuated Monday for a possible carbon dioxide leak, after four workers reported feeling sick.

There have been no reports of travelers becoming ill, but about 100 people were relocated from the terminal where the leak reportedly occurred, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The workers – three males and one female – who "took suddenly ill" also reported hearing a "popping sound" in a utility room in the airport, according to officials.

Three of the employees were treated at the scene for "minor complaints," officials said, while a fourth worker, described as a man in his 50s was "found pulseless and non-breathing inside the utility room."

The man was transported to a local hospital and his "condition was upgraded from grave to critical on hospital arrival," the fire department said.

The Los Angeles airport said a hazmat investigation is being conducted and only United Airlines flights were impacted by the suspected leak.

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