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3 NOV 2021 —
Accident: Corendon Europe B738 enroute on Oct 1st 2021, multiple passengers collapsed in flight –
‘A Corendon Airlines Europe Boeing 737-800, registration 9H-TJE performing flight XR-1050 from Cologne (Germany) to Rhodes (Greece) with 180 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing out of Cologne nearing the top of climb when a young woman entered the aft lavatory. The aircraft had just levelled off at FL370 near Ingolstadt (Germany) when the lavatory door opened and the woman fell out of the lavatory unconscious. While passengers in the aft rows began to react, another male passenger in one of the aft seat rows (seat number known to the editor) collapsed and became unconscious. A doctor and a nurse on board, travelling as passengers, began to provide first aid to the two patients when three more passengers collapsed one after the other and also needed medical attention. After some time, obviously after the cabin air conditioning had been reconfigured, the passengers began to recover. The flight continued to Rhodes for a landing without further incident about 2:50 hours after departure from Cologne.
The aircraft remained on the ground in Rhodes for 85 minutes, then performed the return flight and has remained in service since.
The Aviation Herald learned about the occurrence on Oct 29th 2021 and received documents in which the crew as well as the doctor providing first aid reported the occurrence.
The crew (signatures by the captain and the purser) confirmed in one case that the patient was pale and unconscious then started to slowly recover. The onboard medical kit has been used.
The doctor (with his signature) stated in the same case, that the patient was unconscious for about 20-30 minutes then slowly recovered after treatment. The onboard first aid/medical kit has been used.
A passenger reported there had been a strong odour of exhaust gasses on board of the aircraft prior to departure. Following departure the young female had entered the aft lavatory shortly after the fasten seat belt signs had been extinguished and subsequently fell out of the lavatory completely pale, unconscious and trembling from head to foot when the lavatory door opened for unknown reasons. While cabin crew and surrounding passengers began to react, another male passenger in the aft seat rows collapsed and became unconscious. A doctor and a nurse began to provide first aid, the doctor asked for a defibrillator, however, none was available. Three more passengers became unconscious within the next couple of minutes. It then appeared that the cabin air conditioning was changed, all five collapsed passengers began to recover.
Another passenger reported independently that after about 30 minutes into the flight five passengers throughout the cabin collapsed in about 10 minute intervals and partly came to lay in the aisle. Cabin crew became overwhelmed and requested the flight crew to divert, the flight however continued to destination.
A third passenger confirmed the affected patients were on the ground in the aisle.
The airline reported: “Only 4 passengers felt unwell. Cabin Crew immediately took necessary actions for those 4 passengers in compliance with Cabin First Aid Procedure during flight. A doctor and a nurse were on the aircraft and made promptly medical intervention to the passengers feeling unwell but they could not found any serious symptoms. The doctor did not recommend the crew to divertÂ and he did not use aircraft medical kit which was made available for him during his assistance. We also would like to inform you that after the relevant occurrence; maintenance records, recorded parameters of subject flight thru FDM (flight data monitoring), and crew reports etc. have been analyzed by our maintenance and safety departments and no abnormal parameter which might cause the occurrence has been found. On the return flight of same aircraft from Rhodes to Cologne (CXI-1051) with 184 pax, no similar complaint has been received. Kindly note that a report of the occurrence was notified to the Civil Aviation Authority of Malta.”
Germany’s BFU reported on Oct 29th 2021, that they have no knowledge about the occurrence, no such report was received between end of September and mid of October.
On Nov 1st 2021 Malta’s Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD) reported the operator has notified the CAD via the occurrence reporting channel. The occurrence has been rated an incident and is being investigated. The cause of the occurrence has not yet been identified.
Following our report two more passengers independently reported during the weekend.
The 4th passenger seated in the forward cabin reported a women two seat rows ahead repeatedly collapsed, an epileptic seizure was being suspected. The doctor attempted to attend to her several times but was called away to the other patients.
The 5th passenger seated about mid of the aircraft people were screaming, panic arose on board of the aircraft. The cabin crew was completely overwhelmed, requested to divert, however the flight crew did not divert. The situation began to stabilize about 30 minutes after it had started. After landing a number of passengers were attended to by medical staff.
The Aviation Herald also sent e-mail inquiries to Greece’s AAIASB, no reply have yet been received.’
‘An absolute classic fume event at top-of-climb throttle-back. The crew flew on for more than 2h to destination because the unconscious passengers recovered consciousness. The event was reported to the aircraft’s base at Malta, and Malta did nothing. There were no checks on the passengers’ health, or the crew’s. Totally ignored. It’s yet another scandal, but the total industry/government/manufacturer cover-up continues.’
David Learmount – FlightGlobal.com – Pioneering Aviation News and Insight.
Incident: British Airways A320 near London on Oct 1st 2021, fumes in cockpit
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Incident: GOL B738 at Porto Seguro on Oct 19th 2021, smoke in cabin
Accident: Frontier A20N near Raleigh Durham on Oct 23rd 2021, fumes in cabin
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Every day, many millions of people board an aircraft, which has become a normal way of transportation in every day life. But what they do not know is that this flight could land them in a hospital or with debilitating illness because of exposure to toxic cabin air!
It often begins with flu like symptoms: limb pain, dizziness, fatigue and nausea. Long-term damage to the nerves, the lungs, the cardiovascular system or cognitive impairment may follow.
How do I know this? Because I am one of a growing number of people that has been affected. I had to end my flying career in 2016 following 2 onboard fume events within 1 year (2014/15) and the cumulative effects of 20+ years flying. My health had deteriorated badly and tests showed that chemicals used in aircraft engine oil were present in my body. My GP advised me to stop flying.
You as a passenger, but also pilots and flight attendants are at great risk of exposure to neurotoxic breathing air on any flight in most aircraft! The World Health Organization published a comprehensive study in 2017 about aircraft cabin air quality and the illness related to being exposed to the toxic fumes: “AEROTOXIC SYNDROME: A NEW OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE?” which shows a definite connection between in-flight toxic fumes and health damage.
Over many decades new victims have been added every day; it is now time to address the political leaders directly. The poisoning of human beings on flights cannot be tolerated any longer. This issue has been denied by the UK Government and airlines for too long.
On 17th September 2017 EasyJet announced they will be fitting filters to their aircraft – Due to “Health Concerns”.
“EasyJet is working with Pall to identify and reduce incidents of unusual smell and fumes in the cabin,” the carrier told Telegraph Travel. “These events can have short term effects on health and can lead to flight disruption.”
Airbus 2016 –
‘Recently (early 2016) Airbus announced on their official A320 family aircraft webpage that they now offer a filter device that could filter out «toxic fumes».
One may wonder why the worlds leading aircraft manufacturer designs and offers such a filter device to its customers when in fact there is no problem and has never been any… This is at least what PR people with Airbus and their own experts have always claimed in the recent years.
When an article was published in “die Welt” a few weeks later, highlighting this optional new technical upgrade, the page did undergo a remarkable change:’
Politicians must stop ignoring this issue. Airline regulations must be implemented: aircraft must be fitted with SENSORS AND FILTERS and airlines must be placed under obligation to inform the public!
‘JUSTICE WILL NOT BE SERVED UNTIL THOSE WHO ARE UNAFFECTED ARE AS OUTRAGED AS THOSE WHO ARE.’ – Benjamin Franklin.