To whom it may concern. It has been long accepted and admitted that compressed air from jet engines has been contaminated with engine oil which contains many harmful chemicals including VOC’s and Organo phosphate substances which are universally accepted to be harmful to health with well known symptoms. The UK Government has been aware and…
University College London 2006 v’s UK Aviation Minister 2015 – Number of people affected by Fume Events
Given the low reporting rate of 3.66%, this could indicate that up to 1,967 flights in the UK may have experienced contaminated air events during 2004. If a modest passenger number of 100 per flight is assumed, over 196,000 passengers could potentially present to general physicians with symptoms of acute toxicity.…
The purpose of this document is to enable health care workers and public health officials to recognize an unknown or suspected exposure to a nerve agent or an organophosphate (OP) pesticide. Nerve agents are chemical warfare agents that have the same mechanism of action as OP organophosphate pesticides insecticides. They are potent inhibitors of acetylcholinesterase…
“We have not seen large numbers of people reporting symptoms following these incidents (fume events) on aircraft which are very rare.” ROBERT GOODWILL MP – AVIATION MINISTER 19th May 2015
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Passengers reported light white smoke appeared in the cabin, cabin crew recommended to use handkerchiefs or other cloths before the mouth to protect against the smoke. The aircraft diverted to Rennes.
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In 1941 The Royal Air Force were measuring Carbon Monoxide in front line fighter cabins: They were having a little teething trouble with the Hawker Typhoons; Carbon monoxide fumes were coming back from the stub exhausts into the cockpit, sometimes in sufficient quantities to nauseate the pilots. The boffins came and tinkered with the exhausts and…
Organophosphate poisoning is the most common poisoning in developing countries. Although the acute muscarinic and nicotinic side-effects of organophosphate poisoning are well known and easily recognized, but neuropsychiatric changes are rarely reported. We are reporting a case of a 33-year-old female who developed manic episode following acute organophosphate poisoning.
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‘Copy and paste’ of written technical material does not equate to a safe system.
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