LONDON (NEWS 1130) – From toxic fumes to oxygen masks and confusion, a new leaked report is painting a clearer picture of just what happened aboard British Airways flight that had to make an emergency landing in Vancouver back in October.
The Airbus A380 ‘Super Jumbo’ was headed to from San Francisco to London when it declared an emergency and diverted to Vancouver on Oct. 24, 2016.
In a newly-leaked report published in Britain’s Sunday Times, the senior flight attendant aboard flight 286 describes a chaotic scene, including a dozen crew members overcome by strange fumes, disoriented, dizzy and ultimately unable to do their jobs.
The paper says eight of nine cabin crew members on the massive plane’s upper deck were overcome by “toxic-gas-type fumes” and needed to use emergency oxygen masks, including one of the pilots.
Many also reported a strange metallic taste in their mouths.
Three pilots and 22 cabin crew members were hospitalized when the plane touched down at YVR.
The leaked report says many needed further treatment once they got back to London and that some have yet to return to work more than two months after the incident.
British Airways says the plane checked out fine by its mechanics and engineers both on the ground and during its flight back to London, while Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority is not investigating.
But the union representing the crew says the airline is downplaying a significant event and calling for a public inquiry.
Read the full report here