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COVID-19 scare at Sydney Airport after American Airlines crew member’s ‘possible case’ halts LA flight

Urgent testing is under way after an airline crew member’s “possible COVID-19 case” halted a flight from Sydney to Los Angeles.

The American Airlines flight was scheduled to depart Sydney just after 9am on Friday but was postponed due to a “possible COVID-19 case in a flight crew member”.

“The crew member was tested as part of routine surveillance. They are currently in special health accommodation,” NSW Health said in a statement.

Health officials are now waiting for the results of urgent blood tests to determine if this potential case is an historical infection.

Other crew on-board the AA72 flight are considered close contacts and are in quarantine in a Sydney hotel.

“There is no risk to the broader community,” NSW Health said.

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