British Airways flight attendants were left “vomiting, dizzy and acting bizarrely” after toxic fumes leaked into the cabin during flight.
The October 25 incident came to light recently where the cabin crew aboard the Airbus A380 from San Francisco to London had fallen seriously ill, scaring the passengers with their weird behaviour.
The crew said that most of their members “lost” their way while going to the toilet and ended up in a different part of the aircraft altogether, with no recollection of how they got there. Several others were seen stuffing their mouths with food while wearing oxygen masks.
One attendant fell so ill that he curled up on the floor and pulled a blanket over his head.
The entire incident was documented in a report that was read by The Sunday Times. The report revealed that after 40 minutes of taking flight, the airliner was over Canada when the crew detected a pungent smell similar to that of burning plastic. The flight was diverted to Vancouver. After declaring the situation as an emergency, the captain told the air traffic control that the problem was “toxic gas-type fumes”. After landing, all crew members including three pilots were taken to the hospital.
A passenger also shared how she felt a “tightness in her chest” and many passengers had bloodshot eyes.
British Airways said its engineers could find “no fault” with the aircraft before adding, “The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority. We have shared our detailed and thorough investigation with the Civil Aviation Authority and fully comply with all safety regulations.”
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