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Flight Attendants Sue-Update

Flight Attendants Sue over Toxic Exposure Injuries

Boeing sued over toxic cabin air


A law suit has been filed against Boeing for known design defects which allow toxic fumes to enter the cabin of the airplane..  Boeing is not the only aircraft designed this way.  Read other articles on this website for the history behind toxic cabin air and aerotoxic syndrome.

Passengers Evacuate Smoke Filled Cabin in Denver

On March 4, 2015 U.S. Airways fiight from Charlotte to Denver had to be evacuated when smoke filled the cabin. ABC NEWS click here.

Pilot's Autopsy reveals death due to toxins in cabin air

A coroner in Great Britain has filed a document entitled "REPORT TO PREVENT FUTURE DEATHS" about a British pilot's death in which he sets forth his findings that the pilot was exposed to organo phosphates in the cockpit and that the death was related to exposure to these organo phosphates. 

Philadelphia bound U.S. Airways Jet has a major fume event

Strange odor on a U.S. Airways caused the plane to do an emergency landing in Rome.  Crew and passengers were extrermely ill, vomitting uncontrollably.  There will be many very ill people based upon what we are hearing about the extent of this exporure.  Please read our information about the effects of toxic exposure and follow this event.  Our prayers and wishes go out to those exposed, and our hopes go out that eventually, and now, that something will be done to stop this from happening again.


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Bleed Less System Now Available to retrofit Commercial Aircraft !!

Fly Stream is in aeronautical engineering company based in Prairieville Louisiana. They have designed a bleed less system that can be retrofitted to any commercial aircraft. It has been modeled and analyzed by the Georgia Tech Institute of Aeronautics. We believe that the FAA is aware of this. What we need now is for flight crews and the general public to lobby for retrofitting all existing commercial aircraft to prevent injury from exposure to toxic cabin air and Aerotoxic syndrome. There is a patent pending as of September 30, 2014. This is great news and an amazing breakthrough. Airlines now have no excuse not to accept what is happening and do the right thing, cleanup the air that we breathe when we travel.

Bleed Less System now Available to Retrofit Commercial Aircraft ! 1

      Fly Stream is in aeronautical engineering company based in Prairieville Louisiana. They have designed a bleed less system that can be retrofitted to any commercial aircraft. It has been modeled and analyzed by the Georgia Tech Institute of Aeronautics.    


       We believe that the FAA is aware of this.  


       What we need now is for flight crews and the general public to lobby for retrofitting all existing commercial aircraft to prevent injury from exposure to toxic cabin air and Aerotoxic syndrome.    There is a patent pending as of September 30, 2014.  


       This is great news and an amazing breakthrough.  Airlines now have no excuse not to accept what is happening and do the right thing, cleanup the air that we breathe when we travel.  Tell your friends, co-workers, and write your congressional and senatorial represnetatives.  The more they hear this, the better our chances they will finally wake up to what has been happening.  And, importantantly this is not a political party issue. 


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Toxic air plane crash warning

PASSENGER jets risk “dropping out of the sky” because airlines refuse to fit detectors that could save pilots from poisonous cabin air, a toxicologist told the Sunday Express.

Published: Sun, February 3, 2013

Professor Chris van Netten, former US government adviser, says the industry is putting profits before the health and safety of passengers or crew.

He says that by failing to fit monitors that can “easily” detect leaks of  odorless, colorless and toxic carbon monoxide, there is always the risk that pilots could inhale fumes and be rendered incapable of safely flying the plane.

Professor van Netten, who is Canadian, is a world authority on bleed-air contamination.

He said: “Carbon monoxide is a relatively rare event but it’s an acute one that can bring an aircraft down.

“When it happens you want to know what is going on because it is incapacitating and you want to be able to flush it out.

“If you can put detectors in the home, why not put them in the aircraft?”

He says they could avert “the worst situation that can make a plane drop out of the sky” and adds that fitting them as standard is “the least” airlines can do.

He claims the failure to fit detectors is symptomatic of a general attitude in the industry towards concerns over cabin air, adding: “If they were to officially admit the aircraft air was not healthy, they are in big trouble financially. They would be bankrupt.” The professor’s warning comes amid growing concern about the safety of cabin air. Last Sunday we revealed that two top British Airways pilots, Richard Westgate and Karen Lysakowska, had died within a month of each other aged 43.

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If you are a Pilot in the right circles, you might already know that some of the toxic chemicals on or around the Airplanes can cause your hormones to drop to the level of an 80 year old.This happens with T.O.C.P and pesticides.If you have been flying for more than a few years, you need to check it out.
I was in HRC Medical for my medical. There are some Airline Pilots that have taken action, and are talking among themselves about the problem. Please Please Please!!! I can not stress this enough...have your hormone levels checked by a Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist. It can save your health. What could be worse that an Airline Pilot with a low Testosterone Level....male or female for that matter. Both would have foggy thinking and bad reflexes. I can not think of anything worse...can you?
HRC Medical is a good one for starters

Best of Health to you,
Anna Denney-Sandefer


5 Taken to Hospital After Plane Diverted to Philly




Fire department officials say five people were taken to a hospital from a plane diverted to Philadelphia International Airport after crew members reported feeling ill due to an odor on board.

Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said US Airways flight 720 had taken off from Charlotte, N.C. bound for Rome, but diverted to Philadelphia shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday after crew members became nauseous.

US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher said the pilot decided to divert the aircraft "out of an abundance of caution" and five crew members were seen by a paramedic. They were then taken to a hospital for observation.

Lehmacher said no illnesses were reported among any of the 176 passengers. He said the plane will continue to Rome with a new crew early Wednesday.



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Click here for all four forms you will need to have your blood analyzed for at least one form of the neurotoxic engine oil additives called tricresyl phosphates. To have your blood tested, it must be drawn within 48 hours of suspected/confirmed exposure to aviation engine oil fumes. Note that the University of Nebraska research team cannot know the identity of the blood donor (crewmember/passenger), so the blood sample must be coded and shipped by a physician/laboratory staff.


If you would like to send a blood sample, here are step-by-step instructions:


  1. 1)Read this letter;


  1. 2)Take the blood draw/shipping instructions and blood test requisition form to a doctor or lab.


You will need to have 50 ml of blood drawn within 48 hours of suspected exposure to oil fumes. Typically, airline clinic/urgent care/ERs will not cooperate with the necessary blood draw/shipping, making it very difficult to get your blood drawn in time. Click here for option to get blood drawn quickly, without a doctor’s note. If someone other than your doctor draws your blood, make sure you give them the name/address/fax number of your doctor to whom you want the blood test result sent. They need to write it on the Blood Test Requisition Form.)


  1. 3)Pay for the blood draw/shipping; and


  1. 4)Complete this study participant questionnaire.


A member of the research team at the University of Nebraska will notify the lab/doctor of the blood test result (positive/negative). For comparison purposes, the researchers welcome samples from people who were on a flight with affected individuals, but did not experience symptoms themselves, as well as from crewmembers that have not flown on an aircraft for at least three months.


The availability of this blood test is a significant milestone in the journey to enable crews and passengers to demonstrate exposure to engine oil fumes on aircraft, and to better understand both biochemical markers and health impacts of exposure. The University of Nebraska researchers will provide a test result (positive/negative) to prospective participants, but the test is still technically in the research phase. The team continues to accept and analyze a variety of blood samples, expecting to confirm their findings-to-date and to further investigate the biochemical markers of tricresyl phosphate exposures. The research is being led by Professor Oksana Lockridge who is the world’s expert in the butyryl cholinesterase enzyme that forms the basis of this blood test.


Prof. Clem Furlong at the Univ. of Washington (UW) continues his TCP blood test development, and is still accepting and storing samples. of blood drawn within two weeks of suspected exposure to oil fumes. Find more information on Prof. Furlong’s research here.



Fume Event Now Considered "BIO HAZARD" In Canada

Cabin Air Quality and “Fume Events” Update Occupation Health and Safety - Newsletter #01 January 11, 2012

From aerotoxic.org


Fellow pilots,

Over time, the OHS Committees of ACPA have received progressively more reports and information related to “fumes events.” In view of the information available to us, we think that some clarification is required with respect to the following:

The possible sources of “fumes”; The contents of “fumes”; The potential health effects for pilots and other aircraft occupants exposed to fumes; and The QRH checklists available to us and the importance of donning masks and landing ASAP as per the QRH when

the situation warrants.




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US Airways crew members file lawsuit over fumes

US Airways crew members file lawsuit over fumes

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Posted on April 13, 2011 at 5:25 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sixteen US Airways crew members have filed a lawsuit against an airline maintenance company, claiming the company failed to adequately do its job.

The lawsuit against ST Aerospace Mobile was filed in an Alabama circuit court.

The crew members said they were exposed to toxic fumes from a leak on a plane, causing a number of health issues; including sore throats, headaches and cognitive difficulties.

On a March flight from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport to Jamaica nine people, including passengers and crew members, became so sick they had to be hospitalized.

"As a result of the fume events that they (crew members) were a part of, they have been unable to get back to the life they had before," said Jay Howanitz of the Spohrer & Dodd law firm.

The suit claims that crews from ST Aerospace inspected and provided maintenance on a U.S. Airways Boeing 767 plane with the tail number of 0251 in December of 2008.

The lawsuit also said that despite complaints about the plane, it was allowed back into service and flew on several flights from December of 2009 to April of 2010. According to the lawsuit, crew members and passengers were exposed to toxic fumes from the plane's ventilation during that time.

ST Aerospace plans to comment on the lawsuit after it has a chance to look over the documents.

The lawsuit does not name U.S. Airways, but the plaintiffs’ lawyer says they could name other entities once more information comes to light.

Boeing suit settlement

Boeing suit settlement stirs jetliner air safety debate

Documents show firm long concerned about health risks of rare fume events


Image: Former flight attendant Terry Williams and attorney Alisa Brodkowitz
Chris Wilson  /  msnbc.com
Terry Williams, left, a former American Airlines flight attendant, listens to her attorney, Alisa Brodkowitz, in Seattle. The Boeing Co. has settled her lawsuit claiming faulty aircraft design released toxic fumes into an airplane's cabin, leaving her unable to work.
By Reporter
updated 10/6/2011 1:10:40 PM ET 2011-10-06T17:10:40

A former flight attendant is believed to be the first person in the U.S. to settle a lawsuit against the Boeing Co. over what she claims is faulty aircraft design that allowed toxic fumes to reach the cabin, triggering tremors, memory loss and severe headaches.

The amount and other details of the settlement Wednesday between former American Airlines worker Terry Williams, a 42-year-old mother of two, and Boeing were not made public as a condition of the agreement.

But 250,000 pages of company documents turned over to the plaintiff's legal team by Boeing seem certain to fuel the long-running battle over the safety of cabin air in commercial jetliners.

"The issue is really heating up now," Judith Murawski, a Seattle-area based industrial hygienist for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, told msnbc.com, adding that she typically handles at least three new cases a week involving crew members exposed to fumes. Many calls come from crew members on their way to emergency rooms or urgent care clinics, she said.

On at least one U.S.-registered commercial jetliner a day — out of approximately 28,000 flights — pilots, flight attendants and passengers are exposed to toxic smoke or fumes entering the plane's air conditioning system, say industry officials. And the documented incidents of contaminated air, which can contain tricresyl phosphates (TCPs), carbon monoxide and other toxic components, may not cover all the exposures.

Boeing and the airline industry have long maintained that cabin air — compressed air pumped, or "bled," from the plane's engine — is safe, saying such breaches are extremely rare and that short-term exposure to the tiny amounts of toxic substances in the cabin air poses no health risk.

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Aerotoxic Syndrome

02 Mar

Aerotoxic Syndrome: The best kept secret in aviation?

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz | Category: Fumes


Reprinted and written by: The Scavenger

Passengers getting off airline flights often experience ‘jet lag’ which is clearly due to changing time zones but many may also experience long-term serious ill health after certain ‘fume event’ flights but will never understand the simple cause. Captain John Hoyte explains the phenomenon known as ‘Aerotoxic Syndrome’.

Three scientists from North America, France and Australia termed this neurological illness ‘Aerotoxic Syndrome’ in 1999 but passengers are mostly still unaware that it is caused by breathing toxic cabin air in-flight.

As an airline pilot, I experienced serious neurological problems in 1990 after I started to fly the BAe 146 four-engined jet on ‘night freight flying’. It left me with Alzheimer’s-type symptoms of chronic fatigue, failing memory, slurred / incoherent speech, poor thought-processing, vision disturbances and countless other mysterious symptoms – not desirable when flying airliners.

I was a very fit young man and I carried on flying. As there are always two pilots in a modern jet I was able to mask it by using checklists and other coping devices, so keeping it quiet out of fear of losing my job.

By 1998 I had become certain that the ‘night’ aspect of my flying was responsible, so I logically transferred to day time passenger flying.

Initially I felt better but would still be troubled by the same symptoms which left me exhausted and feeling intoxicated all of the time. However, I had long since restricted my alcohol intake, as it would quickly send me ‘over the top’.

By 2004/5 and aged 50 I was ready to stop flying as my memory was failing and I felt as though I was going to kill not only myself, but take around 100 passengers and crew with me.

In mid 2005 I had to suddenly stop flying, confused, sick and exhausted. In early 2006 I was grounded with ‘chronic stress’ by expert aviation doctors. A matter of months later I was tested along with 26 other BALPA union pilots and found out we all had highly abnormal blood / fat results but more importantly, measurable sub-normal memories and cognitive dysfunction.

How could jet engine oil be found in my blood and fat? Might it be responsible for the ill health I had learnt to live with but had wrecked my life?

One essential fact is that aircrew, pilots and cabin crew breathe the same air as their passengers. This includes royalty, low cost passengers, politicians and even doctors.

Engine oil and OPs

How might the engine oil have got into my body?

In the early years of jet flying, the Boeing 707 for example had mechanically compressed air pumped into the confines of the fuselage to create the pressure and oxygen content necessary to sustain life at high altitude of jet flying.

But in around 1963 Boeing design engineers discovered that they could use the excess compressed air from a jet engine, taken off the engine prior to the fuel being mixed. This air is called ‘bleed air’ as it is bled off the engine. It is piped, unfiltered into the passenger cabin and is done so to this day.

The engineers of the day warned that if the bleed air should mix with the oil in the engine, it would convey not pure outside air, but an oil / air mixture into the passenger compartment.

Unsurprisingly, the risk was thought negligible and the accountants won the day; it was clearly a simpler system and saved money, yet had an obvious flaw.

In each jet engine seals keep the air and oil apart.

However, what aircraft manufacturers will not tell you is that the oil seals wear out, allowing the oil and air to mix.

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Toxic fumes impairing our ability to fly, say pilots


  • 15:36 19 June 2007 by Zeeya Merali
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Toxic fumes on planes are poisoning pilots and rendering them unable to fly safely, say pilots, who are campaigning for "aerotoxic syndrome" to be recognised as a disease.

Two official investigations are being opened after concerns that highly toxic oil contaminants are leaking into cabin air supply on commercial airliners in flight. The UK government is to fit air-monitoring equipment on board aircraft amid increasing concerns that passengers, pilots and cabin crew are being exposed. And 1500 pilots will take part in the first major health study designed to establish the extent of the problem.

"We're basically the canaries - getting knocked down by the fumes first," says Susan Michaelis, a former pilot who believes she was poisoned by fumes from leaked engine oil while flying. She and other grounded pilots launched a campaign for the condition to be recognised, at a meeting at the UK's Houses of Parliament on 18 June.

Compressed air is routinely drawn off engines and supplied to aircraft cabins. If the seal inside the engine is not secure, engine oil can leak into the cabin and contaminating air with toxic tricresyl phosphate (TCP), says Michaelis.

Dirty socks

Michaelis, who is currently at the University of New South Wales, Australia, carried out a survey of 250 pilots and found that 85% had detected contaminated air - which smells like "dirty socks" - while flying. Of these, 57% reported symptoms of ill health relating to the incident, and 8% had to be retired on health grounds.

Michaelis believes that the long term effects of prolonged exposure are largely overlooked by airline companies. Symptoms related to long term exposure purportedly include neurological and respiratory problems, memory loss, difficulties with speech, and chronic fatigue.

"Passengers should be made aware that the pilot's ability to fly is being impaired," says Michaelis. One affected pilot reportedly fell asleep in a flight simulator after exposure in a real aircraft, and was told he was unfit for flight.

"Everybody recognises that there are incidents where fumes enter cabins," says Jonathon Nicholson, a spokesperson for the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). "We will look at further work on the issue if long-term health issues are proven."


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Toxic Fumes in Airplanes Pose Health Risk

by Kathy Jones on  March 28, 2011 at 8:50 PM General Health News


A former Australian airline pilot has warned that toxic fumes in airplanes pose a serious health risk even though the British government believes that the leaking of such fumes inside the airplane is a very rare occurrence.

Dr Susan Michaelis, who was a pilot for Australia’s Qantas airline and who has completed a PhD on the subject of toxic fumes, said that she became seriously ill due to such toxic fumes and had to stop flying.
 Toxic Fumes in Airplanes Pose Health Risk

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has received a number of complaints over the last five years regarding the leakage of such fumes, with over 270 cases of engine oil leakages with fumes entering the cabin.

Dr Michaelis said that all of the planes should be fitted with warning systems so that the pilot can be informed whenever such leakages take place. “If you've been on an aircraft and smelled that funny odor it's recognized that's generally oil fumes. The passengers wouldn't know. You wouldn't know and if you were to get sick, it may not be related, but you wouldn't know. People are getting sick. There are people getting sick and they are getting seriously sick”, she said.