Cortex: An emerging concern: Toxic fumes in airplane cabins – Dr Sarah J. Mackenzie Ross, University College London – 21st January 2016

Toxicology is a new science, the complexities of which have been highlighted in the papers contained within this special section. Our understanding of the mechanisms through which various chemicals interfere with nervous system function is constantly evolving and research is unable to keep up with the speed with which new chemicals are produced and put…

Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a breath of fresh cabin air Daily Telegraph – 19th December 2009

The successful launch of the Boeing Dreamliner this week has highlighted concerns about the amount of toxic air in conventional aircraft cabins. The new lightweight plane, which is designed to cut fuel costs by 20 per cent, has been hailed as the answer to the problem of contaminated air that scientists claim affects up to…

‘Evidence’ of fume/smoke incidents October 2015 – January 2016

A selection of international fume/smoke incidents from October 2015 – January 2016 from AV Herald. Click here to view. To read a 15th November 2015 European Cockpit Association (ECA) demand for Toxic Air Detection systems click here. “ECA is aware of the development of detection systems. These assist pilots in their decision-making and can help airlines…

Incident: American A321 near Las Vegas on Jan 12th 2016, smoke in cockpit

An American Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration N109NN performing flight AA-256 from Los Angeles,CA to New York JFK,NY (USA) with 81 passengers and 8 crew, was climbing out of Los Angeles when the crew stopped the climb at FL270, continuing at FL270 for another 25 minutes before reporting smoke on the flight deck and deciding to…

Incident: Qantas B744 near Honolulu on Jan 13th 2016, odour on board

A Qantas Boeing 747-400, registration VH-OJT performing flight QF-15 from Brisbane,QL (Australia) to Los Angeles,CA (USA), was enroute at FL290 about 250nm east of Honolulu,HI (USA) when the crew decided to divert to Honolulu due to an odour on board. The aircraft landed safely on Honolulu’s runway 08R about 50 minutes later. The aircraft was…

Incident: Lufthansa A319 near Frankfurt on Jan 11th 2016, odour on board

A Lufthansa Airbus A319-100, registration D-AILF performing flight LH-235 from Rome Fiumicino (Italy) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), departed Rome with a delay of 6 hours following an on time arrival and was descending towards Frankfurt when the crew donned their oxygen masks due to a strong odour in cockpit and cabin of the aircraft. The aircraft…

Accident: Lufthansa A346 enroute on Jan 11th 2016, fumes on board – Updated 14th January 2016 ‘Entire’ changed to ‘Affected’…

A Lufthansa Airbus A340-600, registration D-AIHH performing flight LH-731 (scheduled dep Jan 10th, actual dep Jan 11th) from Hong Kong (China) to Munich (Germany), was enroute when fumes were noticed on board, followed by a number of flight attendants reporting feeling unwell with dizziness, head ache, eye and throat irritation. The flight continued to Munich…