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…

Incident: United B772 at Tokyo on Apr 4th 2017, smoke in cabin

A United Boeing 777-200, registration N783UA performing flight UA-804 from Tokyo Narita (Japan) to Washington Dulles,DC (USA), was in the initial climb out of Tokyo’s runway 16R when the crew stopped the climb at 5000 feet reporting smoke in the cabin. The aircraft returned to Tokyo’s Narita Airport for a safe landing on runway 16R…

Westgate Aerotoxic Evidence not presented to the Coroner’s Court – 6th April 2017

Click here to view evidence (ii) Summary Richard Mark Westgate died on 12 December 2012, in Holland. He was found dead in the bed of his hotel room at about 8 am. Attention was drawn to his room because a “pillow-angel” alarm he slept on, was sounding. He was pronounced dead at the scene by…