1st November 2016 A British Airways Airbus A380-800, registration G-XLEB performing flight BA-286 from San Francisco,CA (USA) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 388 passengers and 25 crew, was enroute at FL370 about 640nm east of Vancouver,BC (Canada), when the crew declared medical emergency and initiated a diversion first in direction to Calgary,AB (Canada), subsequently to Vancouver reporting a number of crew and passenger were feeling sick due to fumes on board detailing “toxic gasses” when the controller understood “low on fuel”. The aircraft landed safely on Vancouver’s runway 08L about 105 minutes later. Ambulances took 26 occupants to local hospitals.
Vancouver Hospitals reported 25 patients, 20 crew and 5 passengers, suffering from smoke inhalation have been taken to three hospitals in Vancouver. 20, all of them members of the crew, were later discharged.
The airline reported 25 crew including the three pilots and 2 passengers were taken to hospitals as a precaution after a number of cabin crew became unwell during the flight, the causes of occurrence are under investigation, however, none of the occupants was treated for smoke inhalation. All 25 crew have been discharged already. The passengers have been taken to hotels and are being rebooked onto other flights.
A passenger reported that the flight attendants at the upper deck all feeled unwell. The captain announced, that there was some technical issue with the aircraft and they were diverting to Vancouver. After landing emergency services attending to the aircraft and cabin crew talked about carbon monoxide.
The Canadian TSB have opened an investigation into the occurrence.
On Nov 1st 2016 the TSB reported that there was a strong obnoxious smell near the #4 main cabin door and upper flight deck galley. The crew consulted with dispatch and decided to divert to Calgary, but was subsequently notified that Calgary did not have the equipment needed to handle the A380, hence the crew decided to divert to Vancouver. The crew donned their oxygen masks and dumped fuel. The entire 25 crew and a passenger were taken to local hospitals for precautionary checks, 3 cabin crew and the passenger were affected by the fumes, all were released. The operator dispatched maintenance personnel as well as aircraft manufacturer’s support personnel to Vancouver, however, no source of the problem could be found. The aircraft positioned to London with only flight crew and maintenance personnel on board, however, despite system troubleshooting in flight no faults were found. The aircraft returned to service.
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2nd November 2016
(Quote source) : “I was informed yesterday by one of your Operations Officers, Ms Irene Arthur, that the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has decided not to investigate the inflight diversion of British Airways flight BA286, an Airbus A380-800 registered G-XLEB, which was operating San Francisco to London Heathrow and diverted into Vancouver last week. The crew stated to Air Traffic Control (ATC) using the call sign ‘Speedbird 6 Bravo’ they had toxic fumes. toxic gas like fumes.’ The relevant audio can be heard from time 03:07 at the following YouTube link:”