Evidence sent to Westgate Coroner Dr Simon Fox QC dated 10th April 2017. Published 13th April 2017

The following evidence was sent by recorded delivery to Dr Simon Fox QC as Coroner for Richard Mark Westgate on Monday 10th April 2017 to arrive at The Coroner’s Office, Salisbury, Wiltshire by 1300 on Tuesday 11th April 2017. Letter from Capt John Hoyte to Dr Simon Fox QC dated 10th April 2017.CLICK HERE TO…

Union accuses BA of ‘shameful’ attempt to disguise seriousness of ‘fume events’ – ITV – 3.11.16 Republished 9.4.17

Last week BA flight 286 from San Francisco to Heathrow was diverted to Vancouver after cabin crew fell ill. Twenty seven people were taken to hospital but were later discharged. British Airways has not said what caused the crew to feel unwell but a recording of the call made to air traffic control requesting an…

EXPOSURE TO AIRCRAFT BLEED AIR CONTAMINANTS AMONG AIRLINE WORKERS A GUIDE FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS April 2009 – Republished April 2017

Funding for this project has been provided by the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Aviation Medicine and is part of a collaborative project between the Occupational Health Research Consortium in Aviation (OHRCA) and the Airliner Cabin Environment research (ACER) Center of Excellence. This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation…

Co-pilot who who believed he had been poisoned by cockpit air had been ‘suffering nervous system problems’ – Independent ie. 8.4.17

A British Airways co-pilot who believed he had been poisoned by contaminated cockpit air had been suffering from a nervous system problem which could have caused his “excruciating” symptoms, an inquest has heard. Neuropathologist Dr Daniel du Plessis told the hearing in Salisbury that Richard Westgate died as a result of an overdose of the…

How many passengers a year could be affected by acute toxicity? Click here for the answer – (2006 figures) – Published by University College London in 2006. – 8.4.17

Despite underreporting by aircrew, many contaminated air events are recorded.6 It is recognised that all aircraft are subject to engine oil leaks occasionally but certain types of aircraft record statistically more events than others. These include the BAe 146 and the Boeing 757.13 The BALPA survey found that only 3.66% of contaminated air events experienced…

‘KILLED BY TOXIC COCKPIT’ British Airways pilot who thought he was being ‘poisoned by contaminated cockpit air’ died after seeking help abroad because UK doctors did not believe him’ – The Sun – 7.4.17

A BRITISH Airways co-pilot who believed he was being poisoned by contaminated cockpit air died as he tried to seek medical help abroad, an inquest heard. Richard Westgate suffered from severe headaches, confusion, sight problems and insomnia before he died in December 2012 at the age of 43. He moved to the Netherlands to seek…

‘JET CABIN FUMES CAN BE TOXIC’ British Airways safety chief Mark Mannering-Smith admits vapours have the ability to ‘incapacitate’ flyers – The Sun – 5.11.16 – Republished 8.4.17

BA slammed as it is revealed drop-down oxygen masks aren’t sufficient protection from fumes in event of an emergency A BRITISH Airways boss has admitted passengers and crew can be hurt by toxic fumes on flights. And the airline has been criticised for failing to offer protection to travellers. 3 Smoke hoods … shock as…

“Aviation Herald”: crew members injured by Fume event on Lufthansa Airbus A320 – Austrian Wings – 24.2.17

Once again several crew members of an A320 of Lufthansa were injured by a fume event. Although the BFU would be obliged, according to its own definitions, to classify the incident as an accident, it did not. On 17 February 2017, according to a report of the “Aviation Herald” on the Lufthansa Airbus A320-200 with…

Toxic cabin air not a factor in pilot’s death, coroner rules – ITV – 6th April 2017

A coroner has ruled out poisoning by contaminated cabin air as a factor in the death of a former British Airways airline co-pilot. Richard Westgate, died in December 2012, and his family believe he died because of “aerotoxic syndrome” – a term used to describe symptoms some believe are related to exposure to toxic cabin…

Incident: United B772 at Tokyo on Apr 4th 2017, smoke in cabin

A United Boeing 777-200, registration N783UA performing flight UA-804 from Tokyo Narita (Japan) to Washington Dulles,DC (USA), was in the initial climb out of Tokyo’s runway 16R when the crew stopped the climb at 5000 feet reporting smoke in the cabin. The aircraft returned to Tokyo’s Narita Airport for a safe landing on runway 16R…