Reposted from ABCNews.com
Leaking oil forced an American Airlines passenger plane to make an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Airport officials said the pilot noticed the leak shortly after taking off from Raleigh for Chicago around 8:15 a.m. Sunday. The first attempt at an emergency landing was scrapped, but the pilot brought the plane down safely as emergency crews stood by on the second attempt.
Authorities say none of the 138 passengers on the MD-83 jet were injured.
American Airlines was bringing in another plane to take the passengers to Chicago.
Reports by The Aviation Herald indicate that the MD-83, was N565AA. The Flight number for this flight appears to be AA 1645.
Information from our website regarding toxic fumes on airplanes (which can be caused by an oil leak):
All commercial jets (with the exception of the 787 Dreamliner) rely upon air pulled in through the engines to provide pressurized air to the cabin. During flight high-temperature compressed air is bled off the engines and, after being cooled, is re-circulated throughout the cabin and flight deck. Pyrolized engine oil or hydraulic fluid may contaminate the air in these compressors. As a result of exposure to this contaminated air, airline workers along with airline passengers, may develop chronic health problems leading them to seek attention from health care providers.
Jet engine oil contains an organophosphate known as tricresyl phosphate (“TCP”), a neurotoxin capable of damaging the central and peripheral nervous system. After exposure to contaminated bleed air passenger and flight crew may suffer from industrial asthma and neurological damage including cognitive problems, memory loss, uncontrollable tremors, numbness and tingling in the extremities, disabling migraines, speech impairment, and vision loss, among other symptoms.
Sometimes people describe contaminated bleed air as smelling like “dirty socks” or “bad cheese” or a “gym locker room.” Sometimes this injurious air does not smell at all. Some have described a metallic taste that they experience during a “fume event.” Others may have trouble breathing.
If you have been exposed to contaminated air on an airplane there is important information that your doctor should know. Click here to obtain the Bleed Air Medical Protocol, a document designed to help doctors treat victims of fume events. Bring this document to your doctor.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact us.