The tribunal heard the flight attendant developed breathing problems and a persistent cough after thick smoke filled her cabin on a flight from Sydney to Brisbane in 1992.
Mrs Turner inhaled dust and fumes from the plane’s engine over about 20 minutes as the flight descended into Brisbane.
The tribunal ruled the airline could have foreseen the problem, caused by a cracked compressor carbon seal on the BAe 146 aircraft.
The NSW Court of Appeal has today dismissed an appeal by East-West Airlines against the judgment.
Mrs Turner’s lawyer, Tanya Segelov, says there have been dozens of complaints about fumes on the BAe 146 since the aircraft was introduced in 1990.
She says this is the world’s first successful negligence claim regarding the aircraft.
“This will provide a significant global precedent for thousands of pilots, cabin crew and passengers who may have been exposed to similar toxic fumes on these aircraft which were operated worldwide,” Ms Segelov said in a statement.
“At the time of the incident, Mrs Turner, who was 25 weeks’ pregnant, suffered coughing, a burning throat, sore eyes and headache.
“However, it has been the ongoing respiratory problems that have persisted for almost 20 years that caused her the greatest problems.”
Mrs Turner kept working as a cabin attendant for 10 years after the incident.
In 1993 East-West Airlines was merged into Ansett, which was placed into liquidation in 2001.