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13 passengers hospitalized after arriving at Logan Airport

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Thirteen students and chaperones from Massachusetts were hospitalized upon landing at Boston Logan International Airport Sunday morning after apparently contracting food poisoning in Ecuador and falling ill on their journey home, officials said.

Boston EMS responded to Boston Logan International Airport at about 9:20 a.m. and transported 13 patients to Massachusetts General Hospital to be treated for minor symptoms, the agency said in a tweet.

A group of 16 teenagers and chaperones, part of a larger group of about 40 people, left from Quito, Ecuador, and were on a connecting American Airlines flight from Miami to Boston when they reported feeling symptoms of a stomach illness, a spokesman for the airline said.

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The passengers who became ill ate at the same restaurant in Ecuador on Saturday night before leaving for Boston, according to the airline.

The flight landed in Boston at about 10 a.m., according to Samantha Decker, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Port Authority. Their symptoms appeared to be mild, she said.

“No other passengers were ill. American requested paramedics to meet the aircraft upon arrival in Boston,” American Airlines said in a statement.

All 13 passengers who were hospitalized have been released, an American Airlines spokesman said early Sunday evening.

The students were all between the ages of 15 and 17.


Amanda Kaufman can be reached at amanda.kaufman@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandakauf1.