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…

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…

‘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…

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…

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…

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…

Richard Westgate Coroner’s Inquest. 6th – 13th April 2017 Salisbury, Dorset. UK – David Platt QC & Michael Rawlinson QC – aerotoxicity claims from aircrew.

Evidence published in the public Interest: From 6th – 13th April 2017 @ 1000 there will be a public Coroner’s inquest into the death of Richard Mark Westgate at Salisbury Coroner’s Court, Dorset, UK. Representing BA and the Civil Aviation Authority: David Platt QC Practice Overview David specialises in occupational disease, personal injury and insurance…