updated 3/16/2010 12:01:28 PM ET 2010-03-16T16:01:28

Nine people aboard a USAirways flight bound for Jamaica were taken to a North Carolina hospital after complaints about strong odors kept the jet grounded.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Tuesday that passengers began complaining of a foul odor aboard USAirways Flight 985 soon after it pushed away from its gate at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Bergen says airport firefighters checked the type of fumes detected on the plane that was to go to Montego Bay.

Mecklenburg County ambulance spokesman Jeff Keith says nine people were taken to Carolinas Medical Center, but their conditions did not appear to be life-threatening.

Spokeswomen for USAirways and the airport did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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