A Lufthansa Airbus A319-100, registration D-AILU performing flight LH-1053 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was preparing for departure. When the engines were started a strong odour developed in forward part of the cabin, the odour was reported to the cockpit. The aircraft continued for departure and took off Charles de Gaulle’s runway 27L. About 10 minutes after becoming airborne the flight attendant in the aft cabin advised of feeling unwell with respiratory problems. The flight attendants in the forward cabin also felt unwell, the cockpit was informed that all flight attendants were increasingly unwell. The aircraft continued climb to cruise FL270. Descending into Frankfurt the fumes became stronger, all flight attendants felt seriously ill. The aircraft landed on Frankfurt’s runway 25R about 40 minutes after departure from Paris. All cabin crew were taken to a hospital and are still on sick leave (standing Oct 25th 2016, 81 days after the occurrence).
Germany’s BFU told The Aviation Herald: “Der Vorfall am 05.08.2016 der BFU am 09.08.2016 gemeldet. Nach intensiver Auswertung der vorliegenden Informationen ist keine Untersuchung eingeleitet worden, da der Vorfall entsprechend der für die BFU geltenden Regularien und Gesetze weder als schwere Störung oder als Flugunfall klassifiziert wurde.” Translation: The occurrence of Aug 5th 2016 was reported to the BFU on Aug 9th 2016. Following extensive evaluation of available information no investigation was opened because the occurrence was not rated a serious incident or accident according to regulations and laws applying to the BFU.
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