Family of ‘poisoned’ British Airways co-pilot claim aviation industry is ignoring issue of toxic cabin air – The Daily Telegraph – 14.4.17

The family of a British Airways co-pilot who believed he had been poisoned by contaminated cockpit air have accused the airline industry of having its “head in the sand” over the issue. Richard Westgate, 43, died in December 2012 after moving to the Netherlands to seek help from a specialist clinic for his symptoms which…

Freedom of the media to report AEROTOXIC? Evidence sent to the following media Editors prior to the Richard Westgate inquest dated 29th March 2017. – 14.4.17

The following evidence was sent by registered post to the following newspapers and media outlets a week prior to the Public Court inquest into the death of BA pilot Richard Mark Westgate to ensure full and open reporting of the inquest as it is a matter of public health and interest. The Daily Telegraph The…

Family of a BA pilot who believed he suffered from cockpit air poisoning say the industry ‘has its head in the sand’ over the risks as a coroner rules he died from an accidental overdose – Daily Mail 14.4.17

  Richard Westgate said ill health was caused by toxic fumes filtering into cockpit  The 43-year-old had a number of health issues but grew ‘angry frustrated and disillusioned’ when British medical professionals were unable to cure him Suffered severe headaches, sight problems and insomnia before he died in 2012  But the coroner ruled that the British…

Lab-on-a-glove: Swipe right on nerve agents – OP testing gloves…9.4.17

Click here to read the full article. The ‘lab-on-a-glove’ developed by us and the University of California, San Diego can detect OP compounds, a group of toxic chemicals found in some pesticides. Image: University of California, San Diego. Remember that classic Brothers Grimm tale where a vain and embittered queen makes various attempts at murdering…

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…