Several American Airlines flight attendants were taken to a hospital in Miami Monday afternoon when they were overcome by a strong odor.

They were aboard Flight 281 as it was preparing to take off on a scheduled flight to Los Angeles when the pungent smell entered the cabin.

American spokeswoman Andrea Hughley explained that the odor emanated from a leaking cargo bin filled with fish.

Passengers were not directly impacted by the fumes, but were forced to return to the terminal.

The airline delayed the flight for five hours to replace the crew, unload the aromatic cargo and clean things up.

The flight resumed its California journey on Monday night.

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