German scientists find dangerous gas in plane cabins – “Passengers wishing to avoid inhaling potentially harmful chemicals should hold their breath for the next three hours”

“Passengers wishing to avoid inhaling potentially harmful chemicals should hold their breath for the next three hours” Scientists at the University of Göttingen say they have found dangerous chemicals in blood and urine samples from aircrew, suggesting that they have been exposed while working on board. Why the Bavarian train crash should never have happened…

Studie zu Luft in Flugzeugkabinen: Schädliche Dämpfe aus Triebwerken

Aktualisiert am 16. Februar 2016, 06:48 Uhr Angesichts vieler Zwischenfälle schwelt seit Jahren ein Streit um giftige Dämpfe in Flugzeugkabinen. Nun legen Mediziner aus Göttingen Studienergebnisse vor: Sie fanden schädliche Stoffgemische, die vermutlich aus den Triebwerken stammen. Heikle Landungen, kranke Stewardessen, unabsehbare Folgen für Passagiere: Seit Jahren häufen sich im Luftverkehr Berichte über Zwischenfälle, die…

International Air Transport Association – 2015 ‘extraordinarily safe year’ for airlines – Contaminated Air a safety issue?

2015 was one of the safest for airlines, claims IATA – if you exclude the Germanwings and the Metrojet crashes which were ‘deliberate acts’. The airline industry body said in its annual report that last year was one of the safest for airlines with the number of fatal accidents falling by two thirds. It said…

It’s Time For Airlines to Stop Playing Dumb About Fume Events – Flyertalk 9th February 2016

The fuss started with Flight AA109 on Jan. 27: Headed from London Heathrow to Los Angeles and diverted two hours after take-off with a “mystery illness” affecting at least seven crew members and three passengers, this is the incident that sparked a fresh burst of media interest in the debate over the existence of aerotoxic syndrome.…

Aerotoxic syndrome possible cause of illness breakout on AA flight to LAX – EXAMINER.COM 30th January 2016

EXAMINER.COM A few passengers and crew members felt light headed and sick to their stomachs and even lost consciousness during an American Airlines flight from London to Los Angeles. Those affected said they felt symptoms after about two hours into flight when the Boeing 777 was over Keflavik, Iceland. It happened late Wednesday, Jan. 27…

Incident: India B788 near Delhi on Jan 26th 2016, smoke in cabin could NOT have been caused by oil fumes. Av Herald

NB. Fresh air inlets (nostrils) at the wing roots, on both sides. Smoke on flight AL-137 could physically NOT have been caused by toxic oil from the ‘bleedless’ air system. An Air India Boeing 787-800, registration VT-ANP performing flight AI-137 from Delhi (India) to Milan Malpensa (Italy) with 167 passengers, had just levelled off at cruise level…

Incident: Lufthansa A319 near Frankfurt on Jan 11th 2016, odour on board

A Lufthansa Airbus A319-100, registration D-AILF performing flight LH-235 from Rome Fiumicino (Italy) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), departed Rome with a delay of 6 hours following an on time arrival and was descending towards Frankfurt when the crew donned their oxygen masks due to a strong odour in cockpit and cabin of the aircraft. The aircraft…

Accident: Lufthansa A346 enroute on Jan 11th 2016, fumes on board – Updated 14th January 2016 ‘Entire’ changed to ‘Affected’…

A Lufthansa Airbus A340-600, registration D-AIHH performing flight LH-731 (scheduled dep Jan 10th, actual dep Jan 11th) from Hong Kong (China) to Munich (Germany), was enroute when fumes were noticed on board, followed by a number of flight attendants reporting feeling unwell with dizziness, head ache, eye and throat irritation. The flight continued to Munich…