Investigating the Link Between Toxic Cabin Air and Long Term Health Effects

Author: Kayla Nilson  |  Category: Fumes, Safety

The Aerotoxic Association is asking the International Criminal Court in The Hauge to hear evidence for and against the premise that the “bleed air”, used to pressurize passenger aircraft cabins, has been contaminated with chemicals that are hazardous to the health of the passengers, crew, and pilots. Despite mounting evidence linking the exposure of toxic air on aircrafts to acute and chronic ill health since the Fifties, the UK Government has not taken any action to protect passengers and aircrews.

Airlines and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) deny a link between contaminated cabin air and aerotoxic syndrome, a condition that has lead to deaths of several pilots. The CAA claims that these “fume events” are rare incidents and that there is no evidence showing negative long-term health effects.

The Aerotoxic Association asks that the 2,500 victims they’ve been in contact with, share their experiences with the International Criminal Court.

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Being Brought Against Southwest Airlines for Negligence

Author: Kayla Nilson  |  Category: Disabled Passenger, Safety

The widow of Eugene Dreyer is claiming negligence caused her husband’s fatal injuries on a Southwest Airlines flight February 21st, 2017. Mr. Dreyer, had been a successful stockbroker and financial advisor, but had suffered from post-polio syndrome leaving him wheelchair bound. As he was being wheeled to his first row seat, Mr. Dreyer requested that he have a seat belt extension. The flight crew obliged, and the plane took off. According to the suit, no one in Mr. Dreyer’s party adjusted the belt.

As the plane was landing, the seat belt failed to keep him secure causing Mr. Dreyer to fly forward and hit the wall. The suit claims that “Eugene Dreyer hit his head, foot, leg, shoulder and other parts of his body onto the front bulkhead wall.” This lead to severe injuries including loss of cognitive functions, severe depression, and a broken femur.

The suit is claiming that these injuries, lead to Mr. Dreyer’s death on April 23rd, 2017 and was filed on behalf of Mr. Dreyer’s wife and his two children.

If you were injured on a flight, remember to seek appropriate medical care first, and to keep good records of your interactions with medical providers.

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Explosive Compounds Found on Egypt Air Flight MS-804 Crash

Author: admin  |  Category: Crashes, Safety

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Explosive compounds were discovered at the site of Egypt Air’s Flight MS-804 crash. The discovery suggests the crash was attributed to terrorism rather than mechanical or pilot error.

Forensic examination at the crash site unveiled explosive compounds on some of the human remains. The investigation by Egypt’s Civil Aviation Authority has now opened a criminal investigation.

A report on this incident is available here.

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American Airlines Flight 383 Passengers Sue Airline

Author: admin  |  Category: Burns, Safety

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Passengers on American Airlines Flight 383, which had one of its engines catch fire speeding down the runway, are suing the airline.

Ahmed Furno, one of the passengers pursuing litigation, claimed, “People couldn’t breathe. The oxygen mask did not fall. There was no one on the loud speaker.” He added, “[i]n all that chaos, there was no one there to help.”

The case filed in a circuit court of Illinois alleges the airline negligently maintained both the aircraft and the handling of the accident. Floyd Wisner, the leading attorney of the charges against American Airlines, stated “GE and American and Boeing…need to take a harder look at this problem because I’m concerned it’s a recurring problem.”

The firm plans to include more passengers on the claim as well as defendants including manufacturers of the defective engine.

An article on this event can be found here.

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Eight Injured after American Airlines Flight 383 Catches Fire

Author: admin  |  Category: Burns, Fumes, Safety

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American Airlines flight 383 was speeding down the runway for takeoff when one of its engine caught fire. The pilots quickly aborted takeoff, bringing the Boeing 767-300ER to a screeching halt.

3,000 feet away from the plane in a UPS warehouse was one of its engine turbines, which had been flung when the engine caught fire. No word on how that happened.

Seven passengers were injured in the accident. One being a flight attendant and the other seven being passengers.

For an article on this piece, please go here.

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Aer Lingus Flight 876 Experiences Devastating Turbulence

Author: admin  |  Category: Safety, Turbulence

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Aer Lingus flight 876 traveling from Cork to Lanzarote, Spain, experienced intense turbulence that severely injured three flight attendants and a passenger.

One flight crew member required a leg cast and a wheelchair while another needed a neck brace with the third receiving stitches. The passenger, however, received minor injuries.

An article on this flight can be found here.

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American Airlines Flight AA-569 Smokey Cabin

Author: admin  |  Category: Fumes, Other Events, Safety

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American Airlines Flight AA-569 was en route to Toronto from Los Angeles when the flight made an emergency diversion to Denver after reports of smoke in the cabin.

The plane landed safely in Denver, though no word on the source of smoke. A report of this accident can be found here.

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Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence’s Plane Skids Off Runway

Author: admin  |  Category: Crash Landing, Safety, Turbulence

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Mike Pence, the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee, departed Fort Dodge, Iowa, in his campaign plane and was landing in New York City for a fundraiser when it skidded off the runway.

The Boeing 737-700 approached LaGuardia Airport during poor weather conditions. Reports state there was heavy rain, win, and fog during the landing.

When the plane hit the tarmac, the landing gear failed to sustain traction and hydro-glided off the runway. A CNN producer on board, Elizabeth Lander, stated, “you could feel the plane skidding…it felt like it fishtailed.”

As the plane skidded towards the 7,000 feet runway’s end, it made contact with the runway’s protective barriers, which are designed to stop aircraft that overshoot the runway. The aircraft destroyed 80 barriers before it fully stopped.

One minute after word reached the airport’s responders, they were on the scene. On arrival, they found Pence and media staff lingering in the rain. Pence, purportedly unharmed, quickly presumed his political composure on the tarmac and began taking pictures with the rescue crew.

The NTSB began an investigation of the accident and a official report of it is available here.

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“Cheesy Smell” on Ryanair Flight Report Released

Author: admin  |  Category: Fumes, Safety

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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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