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3 treated after Germany-bound flight is diverted to Seattle over 'electrical smell'

A flight from San Francisco to Munich, Germany, was diverted to Seattle late Thursday after an electrical smell was detected on board and three people complained of “minor irritation.”

The Lufthansa Flight 459 landed “safely” at 11:30 p.m. local time Thursday (2:30 a.m. Friday ET), according to Perry Cooper, a media officer with the Port of Seattle/ SeaTac Airport.

“Medical crews from the Port of Seattle Fire Department are assessing three people who complained of some minor irritation,” Cooper said. “The fire department is assessing what may have caused the irritation. No one is expected to be transported, and are all being treated at the airport. Nothing is physically wrong with the plane. Lufthansa will determine if the flight will continue on.”

Nils Haupt, head of corporate communications for Lufthansa in the Americas, said that “the pilot decided to land because of an electrical smell on board but there was no fire, just a smell.”

He said an airline representative was headed to the airport.