Toxic in the plane? Fume events, contaminated cabin air and aerotoxic syndrome – 19.3.17

A complementary cultural history on the subject of “Flying is safe” The technical problem is well-known in the industry: the air in an airplane is tapped over the turbines. Turbines are high-performance engines that require a special lubricant to avoid running hot: synthetic oils. One of the ingredients: organophosphates – the basis for pesticides and…

Incident: Lufthansa A346 near Munich on Mar 18th 2017, smoke in cockpit – 19.3.17

A Lufthansa Airbus A340-600, registration D-AIHF performing flight LH-412 from Munich (Germany) to Newark,NJ (USA) with 286 people on board, was climbing through FL320 out of Munich when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and decided to return to Munich dumping fuel on the way back, the aircraft descended to FL100. On approach to…

Organophosphate Report by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2004 – republished 19.3.17

The Organophospate Report – Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (2004) Probably the most striking part of the OP (organophosphate) chemical saga is its relentless predictability. From the first warnings in 1951 about the dangers of OPs from Sir Solly Zuckerman right up to today’s Gulf War inquiries in the United States and the UK, the pattern…