Lufthansa Air LH-1053 Fume Sickens 3

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Moments before takeoff on August 5 Lufthansa Air Flight LH-1053, heading from Paris to Frankfurt, had strong odors diffuse from the front to the end of the aircraft.

Despite the odor, the pilots decided to commit to the takeoff. Ten minutes into the air, flight attendants began reporting they felt increasingly sick.

By the time the flight landed in Frankfurt, all flight attendants reported feeling ill and were sent to the hospital. 81 days after the incident, all three crew members still remain on sick leave.

An article is available on the event here.

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British Airways Flight BA-286 Experiences Toxic Fumes

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25 people, involving 20 crew and 5 passengers, were hospitalized in Vancouver after toxic fumes filled the cabin of British Airways Flight BA-286. Among the affected were the 3 pilots responsible for manning the flight.

The Airbus A380-800 was traveling from San Francisco to London when during the flight passengers and crew began feeling ill. The flight declared a medical emergency and diverted to Calgary, Canada.

Upon landing, the plane was met by ambulances which took the 25 feeling ill to the hospital. None of those affected by the fumes were treated for smoke inhalation, however.

An article of this incident can be found here.

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“Cheesy Smell” on Ryanair Flight Report Released

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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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Scandinavian Airlines Flight SK-995 Engine Bleed Problem during Flight

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Scandinavian Airlines Flight SK-995 was heading towards Beijing when its flight was abruptly reverted back to Copenhagen, its place of departure.

The Airbus A340-300 was approaching cruising altitude when the flight crew noticed an engine bleed problem with the plane.

The crew decided to return back to Copenhagen and landed, effectively canceling the flight. The aircraft was later serviced 38 hours after the incident.

An article on this event can be found here.

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American Airlines 319 Emergency Landing at Clinton National Airport

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American Airlines Flight 319 traveling from Chicago toward Los Angeles experienced smoke in both the cabin and the cockpit.

In response the flight diverted to Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas, conducting an emergency landing.

On board were 122 passengers and 5 crew members.

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American Airlines Flight 1134 makes Emergency Landing due to Odor

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On Monday morning an American Airlines flight heading towards Los Angeles International Airport made an emergency landing at Clinton National Airport, Arkansas.

The American Airlines Flight 1134 diverted from its original flight path after passengers reported smelling strange odors in the cabin.

On board the flight were actors Jamie Bell and Kate Mara who later tweeted their vehement disapproval with the flight. In particular, Mara voiced Flight 1134 “was unacceptable” and “[a] disgraceful, pathetic way to treat families traveling with infants and elderly.”

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British Airways Jet Catches Fire at Las Vegas Airport; 20 Injured

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Via NBCnews.com

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The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the engine failure that caused an intense fire on a British Airways Boeing 777 as it prepared for takeoff in Las Vegas, sending 20 passengers to the hospital.

Passengers used inflatable slides to escape the blaze on Tuesday afternoon at McCarran International Airport, just before the plane was to embark on a 10-hour flight to London Gatwick.

Thick clouds of black smoke billowed from the left engine of the plane as the passengers scurried across the tarmac. Witnesses said the fire was so intense that it melted windows on the plane.

Sunrise Hospital said it treated 20 patients. The airline said Wednesday that everyone had been released. It also pledged its cooperation with the NTSB.

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Cockpit alarms could be heard on recordings of the pilots’ mayday call to air traffic controllers.

The Boeing 777 experienced an engine failure after being cleared for takeoff at around 4:13 p.m. (7:13 p.m. ET) at McCarran International Airport, the airport said.

Full story, via NBC News here.

We will update this blog with preliminary Information from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration, as it becomes available.

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Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Passengers Feel Ill

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Reprinted from ABC News.  By AP Staff.

A flight from Denver to Los Angeles was diverted to Grand Junction on Wednesday after a number of passengers reported feeling ill.

United Airlines spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm said the crew of the Airbus A320 deployed oxygen masks and decided to land in the western Colorado city.

There were reports of smoke in the cockpit and cabin, but Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman Shawn Montgomery said firefighters saw no smoke when they entered the plane, and that was confirmed by air monitors. All of the passengers were able to walk off the plane, and one person was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Montgomery said a passenger had a medical problem during the flight, which caused other passengers to become anxious, light-headed and nauseated. He declined to say what the medical problem was.

United Airlines said Flight 447 carried a crew of six and 150 passengers. Passengers were flown to Los Angeles on a different plane Wednesday afternoon.

Jeremy Kissinger, an event coordinator on his way to Los Angeles with his friends for vacation, was sitting in row 37 of the plane when he noticed a passenger who appeared to have passed out several rows in front of him. Flight attendants began attending to the passenger.

“There was an announcement that there was a problem with the air and they were going to drop the masks,” Kissinger said.

Kissinger said everything seemed normal until the oxygen masks came down, adding that he noticed several people heading to the bathrooms as soon as they were able. He did not smell anything out of the ordinary nor experience any illness but said other people in the same general area fell ill.

Firefighters in full gear, including air tanks, boarded the plane and tested the air before the plane was evacuated.

“You do kinda feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere,” Kissinger said of the Grand Junction airport. “There’s a Subway (sandwich shop) and that’s about it.”

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Boeing sued over ‘toxic’ plane cabin air

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Reprinted from The Hill.  Be Keith Laing.

Today we cover another story looking into the issue of toxic air on Boeing planes.  As this issue continues to gain momentum, the shift from local area news to national news proves that people are paying attention.  Brodkowitz Law represents the four flight attendants in this case.

A group of flight attendants are suing airplane manufacturer Boeing for allegedly exposing them to “toxic” air inside its planes, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The flight attendants, who worked for Alaska Airlines, are alleging that Boeing knowingly exposed passengers and flight crews to toxic air that was sucked into its planes through the engine by the system that is used to maintain cabin pressure during flights, according to the report.

The paper said the lawsuit, which was filed in Cook County, Ill. Circuit Court, accuses Boeing planes of having defects with its “bleed-air” systems that make the company responsible for health problems that were experienced by the flight attendants.

A lawyer for the flight attendants told the paper that Boeing has had knowledge of the problems with its ventilation systems for years.

“Our focus is on Boeing not fixing a problem they’ve known about for more than 60 years,” Attorney Rainey Booth said. “The risk to any individual passenger might be low on a daily basis, but what we know is, every day people in this country are exposed.”

The lawsuit alleges that flight attendants became sick after a Jan. 12, 2013 Alaska Air flight from Boston to San Diego, according to the report.

The flight attendants contend that toxic fumes began coming into the vents during the flight, which resulted in two of them passing out and one vomiting.

The plane was diverted to Chicago’s O’Haire International Airport when the problems were reported to the pilot.

“I remember walking down the aisle and just gripping the seatbacks because I felt like I was going to fall over,” one of the flight attendants who is a plaintiff in the lawsuit, Vanessa Woods, told the paper.

“The next thing I know, I was on the galley floor, looking up at Faye who was paging for assistance,” she continued. “She was mumbling incoherently into the PA system. It was beyond frightening.”

Boeing declined to comment on the lawsuit on Tuesday, but the company has said previously that research shows that the air in the cabin of its planes is safe to breathe.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) union said Tuesday afternoon that is supports the Alaska Airlines employees that filed the lawsuit against Boeing.

“We support our fellow Flight Attendants in their efforts to seek justice after breathing in contaminated air on board the aircraft. Their experience is similar to many others throughout the airline industry who have experienced contaminated air events,” AFA-CWA president at Alaska Airlines, Jeffrey Peterson, said in a statement.

“In fact, AFA has been fighting for cleaner cabin air for decades while the industry has refused to acknowledge the problem,” Peterson continued. “More recently AFA has been supporting research at the University of Washington to create a blood test that will be able to determine if crew members were poisoned so that proper treatment could begin as soon as possible. Our efforts will continue as we push for sensors and filters to be installed in all aircraft as well as changes to future aircraft design to avoid engine bleed air that can become contaminated. AFA’s global efforts to define this problem so it can be fixed will continue until contaminated bleed air has no way into the cabin ever again.”

-This story was last updated at 5:49 p.m.

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Flight attendants sue Boeing, claim cabin air can be toxic

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Reprinted from KING 5.  Jake Whittenberg, KING 5 News

Four Alaska Airlines flight attendants are suing The Boeing Company with claims the air ventilation system on its airplanes can sometimes contain toxic fumes.

The lawsuit was filed in Cook County, Illinois, the home of Boeing headquarters. It points to one flight in particular in July 2013. In that instance, the four flight attendants claim they could smell a foul odor the moment they boarded the plane. They say it became so bad after take-off, they began to feel disoriented and nauseous. One of them says she even passed out and required medical attention from a doctor on board. That flight made an emergency landing in Chicago.

The claim points to the “bleed air” design on almost all Boeing aircraft. Air is cycled into the cabin using the airplane engines. But if a seal in an engine leaks, that air can sometimes be exposed to burning engine oil.

“We know Boeing has known about this problem since the 1950’s,” said Rainey Booth, the attorney representing the flight attendants. “This was the primary problem that they had to address with this ‘bleed air’ design. And it’s the problem they’ve fixed now with its newest design the 787.”

The 787 Dreamliner cycles air from outside the airplane.

Boeing isn’t commenting specifically on the lawsuit filed by the flight attendants, but says air on its planes is safe to breathe and “‘research consistently” shows that “cabin air meets health and safety standards and that contaminant levels are generally low.”

One of the flight attendants says her exposure to toxic fumes on that flight in 2013 has left her with long lasting neurological issues including shaking and nausea .

“When I reach for something my hand shakes. Just to be frank, it’s embarrassing,” said flight attendant Vanessa Woods. “I hope it will get better. I have to stop this from happening to one other person.”

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