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(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — At least 22 British Airways crew members on board a flight from San Francisco to London were taken to hospitals in Vancouver, Canada, for possible smoke inhalation, a hospital spokesperson said.

The British Airways flight, which had departed San Francisco International Airport Monday evening en route to London’s Heathrow Airport, was diverted after 22 cabin crew members “became unwell,” British Airways said in a statement. The airline said the entire crew was taken to local hospitals “out of an abundance of caution.” All have been released.

The crew members were brought to three hospitals in the Vancouver area to be checked for smoke inhalation, according to Laura Kohli, a spokeswoman for Vancouver Coastal Health, which oversees two of the hospitals. All crew members had been discharged as of this morning, according to Kohli and Larisa Saunders, a spokeswoman for the health system that runs the third hospital, though Kohli said 25 crew members were brought in for assessment.

The diverted flight was British Airways 286, according to Transport Canada, the Canadian government agency that is in charge of transportation policies and programs. The type of aircraft that typically makes that flight, an Airbus A380-800, can hold up to 469 passengers.

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