For years the aviation industry has been telling the traveling public, flight attendants and pilots that the air on airplanes is safe. Unfortunately that is not always the case. Brodkowitz Law has represents flight attendants, passengers and pilots who become ill after breathing contaminated air on airplanes during “fume events.” To learn more about our work visit our Toxic Fumes on Aircraft page on our website.
Below is a list of flights in which an individual reported smoke within the cabin. Passengers and flight crew on such flights may have been exposed to contaminated bleed air. Some of the health effects of breathing contaminated bleed air are described in the Contaminated Bleed Air Medical Protocol available on our website. These can include breathing problems, burning or tingling in the hands or feet, tremors, memory loss, headaches, speech impairment, vision problems, ringing in the ears etc. Please visit our website or Contact Us with any questions.
February 23, 2010: Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3928 out of Memphis, TN (MEM) to Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU) “smelled like smoke and had a bathroom smoke detector (aft) go off twice.” Maintenance was apparently called and the flight and cabin crew were evacuated but passengers remained on the aircraft for two hours. The smoke was reported to be coming in through the air conditioning system.
March 7, 2010: Skywest Airlines Flight 5940 from Aspen to Denver, CO, Apparently, the aircraft was the only aircraft to take-off that day due to extreme winds in the area. Flight 5940 was on the ground for a long period of time discussing an overweight issue. After takeoff “the cabin filled with smoke” and that the passengers received no communication from the cockpit or flight attendants.
May 28, 2010: American Airlines Flight 1808, from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to West Palm Beach International (PBI). About 10-15 minutes into the flight at 15,000 ft, passengers reportedly heard a “loud boom and then smelled smoke and fire.” They were not informed of anything by the airline. The flight returned to DFW successfully.
August 28, 2010: American Eagle Flight 4436, enroute to Washington, D.C. (DCA) from Nashville, TN (ENA), as the flight ascended to cruising altitude, the aircraft subsequently lost cabin pressure and passengers reported that their ears started popping and the entire cabin filled with smoke, and oxygen masks deployed. The flight apparently returned to Nashville after approximately 25 minutes of flight time.
September 21, 2010: Executive Airline Flight (N536AT), blue smoke reportedly filled the cockpit.
October 27, 2010: Skywest Airlines Flight 6183 from San Francisco (SFO) to Crescent City, CA (ACV), experienced difficulties when the cabin filled with smoke. A concerned passenger indicated that approximately 40 minutes into the 60 minute flight, the cabin filled with smoke and the flight returned back to San Francisco instead of proceeding to Crescent City or alternatively landing at the closest airport in Eureka/Arcadia, CA. Smoke was observed in the cabin by a Flight Attendant shortly after reaching cruising altitude. The Flight Attendant informed the Captain of the smoke and tried to locate the source of the smoke, unsuccessfully. It was determined that the flight was half way in-between SFO and ACV when the smoke was observed.
November 27, 2010: US Airways Flight 1131 (A391) from CLT to TBPB/BGI, haze in the cabin was seen prior to takeoff. The passengers were deplaned and the flight attendants were provided with medical treatment. A new flight crew was called in but when they arrived, the passengers had already been boarded. It was reported that there were still fumes (or an “after effect”) on the aircraft and one flight attendant had to deplane in Barbados to get medical attention, leaving only two flight attendants on board to receive additional passengers. The fumes were not reported until landing in CLT.
December 13, 2010: onboard Aer Lingus Irish International Airline Flight 4963 from Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Madrid, Spain (MAD), following departure the cabin (passengers) smelled fumes and numerous passengers, including a young child, and cabin crew became ill. A similar occurrence was observed on the return flight two days later on December 15, 2010.
February 9, 2011: Air Jamaica Flight 045, approximately half way through the flight, from Kingston, Jamaica (KIN) to Philadelphia (MBJ) with a stop in Montego Bay, passengers reportedly started to smell an “acrid smell” which resulted in difficulty breathing. The aircraft was reported to have landed with a “very strong odor of fuel fumes in the cabin.”
February 17, 2011: JetBlue Airways Flight No. 1249 from Boston to Dulles, reportedly experienced excessive amounts of toxic fumes in the cabin that not only made it difficult to breath, but also the exposure to (fumes) while waiting to depart caused at least one passenger to fall violently ill. Other health effects such as splitting headache and vomiting were reported.
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.