Reports of smoke, ill flight attendant cause separate flights to return

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two flights returned back to San Francisco International Airport shortly after taking off on Wednesday, an airport duty manager said.

United Airlines Flight 5064, operated by SkyWest Airlines, left SFO for Calgary, Canada, shortly before noon but returned back roughly 30 minutes later because of a report of a smoke smell in the cabin, duty manager Nancy Parker said.

The flight landed safely and taxied to a gate on its own power, Parker said.

United Airlines Flight 1188 left SFO at about 11:20 a.m. for Boston, but turned back because of a report of an ill flight attendant, Parker said.

The Boeing 757-300 returned to the airport around 12:50 p.m., she said.

The attendant was transported to a hospital but Parker did not know the person's condition.
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