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Odor Downs Flight Crew at Logan

BOSTON-- It was a foul odor, not foul play, that forced the crew of a Boston-bound US Airways jet to call for medical help Monday.

The pilot, co-pilot and three flight attendants were all feeling discomfort upon landing at Logan International Airport, a US Airways spokesman told the Herald.

Paramedics treated the crew and all five were taken to a Boston hospital as a precaution, a Massport official said.

Early reports of State Police boarding the jet turned out to be false. It was paramedics called in for the ill crew, Massport officials said.

US Airways Flight 2022, inbound from Ronald Reagan-Washington National Airport, began poorly yesterday when crew and passengers complained of a sulfur-type odor on the first plane being used for the morning hop from the capital.

Another jet was called into action, yet the crew still complained of feeling sick once arriving in Boston, airline officials said.

Crew members were treated with oxygen after complaining of headaches and nausea, said Boston EMS Lt. Christopher Stratton.

Two crew members showed signs of exposure to carbon monoxide, he said.

Our initial call was for several people not feeling well. I guess there was some question about a malfunctioning oil pump, Stratton said, adding that it has yet to be determined if that was the initial source.

None of the 81 passengers was affected, airline officials said.

The outgoing Flight 2029 had to be canceled.

- joed@bostonherald.com

Herald wire services contributed to this report.

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