The A319 from Germanwings involved in the incident, symbol image – Photo: Huber / Austrian Wings Media Crew
On a flight of the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings two flight attendants and one passenger were injured at a Fume event. The incident occurred as early as October 2016, but was only now known by a report from the “Aviation Herald”. The Airbus A319 with the identifier D-AKNK was on October 15 as a course 4U 2734 on the way from Stuttgart to Krakow, when the crew in the climb in the front cabin area suddenly suddenly a strong smell, which they to “fish and old socks” Recalled.
As a result, all flight attendants as well as at least one passenger suffered from health problems. They complained of headaches, dizziness, heart throats, throat pain and a dry throat as well as a “strange” taste on the tongue. In addition, they felt tired, they were always “black in front of their eyes”. The condition of a flight attendant deteriorated within a very short time in such a way that she was no longer able to perform her duties. She was taken to the cockpit and was given oxygen for the rest of the flight.
Despite the problems, the pilots did not make a back-up, but continued the flight to Krakow, where the A319 landed around 70 minutes later. The entire crew as well as one passenger then undergo a medical examination. “At least two flight attendants” are still not able to fly again in January 2017, according to the “Aviation Herald”.
The Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) classified the events as an “incident” (Incident), although the serious violation of a crew member in the service as an accident (“Accident”) is classified according to their own published publicly on the Internet. “If flight attendants or pilots carry out such health impairments because of their activity on board, and that they are not able to return to service four months later, that is, in my opinion, a serious injury.”
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