On September 18, 2014, Ryanair Flight FR-8352 deployed oxygen masks and made an emergency landing in London after reports of a “cheesy” smell in the cockpit.
In the event, the commanding pilot of the aircraft felt “something in the back of his throat” shortly after noticing the strange odor and declared an emergency. The first officer reported being unaffected by the fumes; however, the chief pilot took two weeks of sick leave to recover from the incident.
Investigators were unable to pinpoint the exact cause of the odor but maintain it was likely contamination in the plane’s air conditioning system.
A report released this year reveals the aircraft had numerous instances with strange odors filling the cockpit and cabin. A synopsis of the report is provided here.
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