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…

Public Statement by John Hoyte Chairman Aerotoxic Assoc. & Former BAe 146 Training Captain – 7th April 2017

Public Statement 7th April 2017 by John Grahame Hoyte to the Court of public opinion. On 16th March 2012 the Aerotoxic Association (www.aerotoxic.org) received an e mail from Richard Westgate (RW) in which he briefly explained that he had been in a Road Traffic Accident (RTA) six months previously but he was then investigating other…

British Airways pilot died ‘after he was poisoned by contaminated cockpit air but doctors did not believe him’ his emotional twin tells inquest – Daily Mail – 7.4.17

  Richard Westgate said ill health was caused by toxic fumes filtering into cockpit The BA pilot grew ‘angry and frustrated’ by UK doctors who could not cure him Suffered severe headaches, sight problems and insomnia before he died in 2012 His twin brother told Salisbury Coroner’s Court that he felt ‘let down’ by doctors…

“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…