Yesterdays return ito Vienna: Cabin air contaminated by toxic fumes Yesterday, a Q400 of the AUA was returned due to a fume event, in which, according to Austrian Wings information, highly toxic engine oil had entered the cabin air. Yesterday’s AUA flight 917 from Vienna to Salzburg landed shortly after take-off back in Vienna, due to “an unusual smell” in the cockpit – we reported.
As Austrian Wings learned from well-informed circles, a smell was described by the pilots as a “stench of old socks”, a clear indication of the contamination of cabin air with highly toxic engine oil residues. From another source, Austrian Wings learned today that engine oil seems to have passed into the cabin via bleedair due to a defective seal in one of the turbines.
It is unclear whether the airline has informed its passengers about the possible health risks that can result from such contaminated cabin air. In a similar incident two years ago, AUA had neither informed its guests of the risks nor offered them the possibility of a medical examination.
Austrian Airlines confirmed the cause of the odor development to date – an inquiry sent to the press office this afternoon remained unanswered until the publication of this article.
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