The Sunday afternoon flight from Charlotte, NC, landed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, where airport officials initially said a passenger "passed gas", WNCN reported.
On Monday, American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein refuted the claims saying the smelly incident was due to a mechanical issue on the plane, not flatulence.
The plane is now out of commission until the mechanical issue is resolved.
Andrew Sawyer, a spokesperson for Raleigh-Durham International Airport, has also confirmed that the plane in question was never even evacuated, but deplaned "normally" after landing. Shortly after the plane arrived at the gate, several passengers complained of an odor in the cabin, airline spokeswoman Lakesha Brown told the News & Observer. The plane was not identified though it is understood to have been scheduled to land at RDU rather than being diverted as a result of the potent gust.
In January 2016, a passenger passed a note to a flight attendant suggesting an announcement inquiring about the health of a fellow traveler, The Telegraph reported.
No passengers were on the plane, and no crew members were injured.