Study of Reported Occurrences in Conjunction with Cabin Air Quality in Transport Aircraft – BFU German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigations

Synopsis Over the last few years, the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) has received an increased number of reports of so-called fume events. These kinds of events include smell, smoke or vapour inside the airplane and health impairments of occupants of transport aircraft. In addition, this topic is increasingly discussed among flight…

Jet engine oil consumption as a surrogate for measuring chemical contamination in aircraft cabin air – Jeremy J. Ramsden

1. INTRODUCTION Ever since the system of pressurizing jet aircraft cabins using hot compressed air bled off the engines (“bleed air”) was introduced, aeronautical engineers have been aware of the possibility, indeed inevitability, of some contamination of the bleed air and, hence, of the ambient atmosphere in the cockpit and cabin, with engine oil. To…

BFU (German aviation regulator): Study of reported events in connection with the quality of cabin air in commercial aircraft

To view the study in full, click 2014_05_08 Studie BFU TAB-A-2014_Occ-in-D. Press release on the report by Markus Tressel, Green party (DE): German (Original) | English Translation Commentary on the report by Markus Tressel, Green party (DE): German (Original) Spiegel Online magazine article Smell in Jets: experts give clear for vapors in aircraft UPDATE 20/05/2014:…

The self-reported health of U.S. flight attendants compared to the general population

BACKGROUND Few studies have examined the broad health effects of occupational exposures in flight attendants apart from disease-specific morbidity and mortality studies. We describe the health status of flight attendants and compare it to the U.S. population. In addition, we explore whether the prevalence of major health conditions in flight attendants is associated with length…

UPDATE: Fume Event – Condor B753 near Las Palmas

First reported: Suspected toxic fumes: oil stench burdened Canaries vacationers in Condor jet Update: On Mar 18th 2014 the CIAIAC released an interim statement stating: “In April 2013 the health of one of the flight attendants who had been onboard during the flight of 22 March 2013 worsened, requiring hospitalization. The symptoms presented were overall…