Columbia Metropolitan Airport Clear of Threat of Ebola
(Cayce) This morning pilots on United Flight 5723 scheduled to travel from Dulles to Columbia contacted airport operations requesting that emergency response teams meet the plane on its arrival.
There were 39 people on board including crew.
The Lexington County EMS response team arrived and executed a coordinated response to assess the situation.
After a preliminary interview with the pilot via the plane’s radio equipment, the threat of Ebola was determined minimal and a team boarded the plane without the need for hazmat gear.
The passenger in question was further interviewed and assessed while still on the plane during which it was determined that he did not demonstrate any symptoms of Ebola nor had he visited any countries associated with the Ebola virus.
The plane then taxied to the terminal where passengers exited planeside.
Ultimately, Lexington County personnel and airport staff operated out of an abundance of caution and this event demonstrates our readiness to respond to all medical emergency situations.