Autopsy confirms toxins in dead pilot

Sustained exposure to organophosphates (OP) from contaminated cabin air contributed to the death of a 43-year-old ­British Airways pilot, a group of medical experts believe.

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Ever smelled dirty socks during an airline flight? A dirty socks smell coming from the aircraft air supply vents is likely to be engine oil fumes in the ventilation air. You read that right: the air that comes through the cabin and flight deck vents is first compressed in the engines, and it isn’t filtered before you breathe it. Many crew unions around the world receive regular reports from members who report dirty socks or musty fumes in the cabin supply air, followed by problems with memory, balance, and speech, for example. Nobody thinks it will happen to them, until it does.

Every day, just in the US alone, there is an official report of toxic oil fumes contaminating the air you breathe on regular commercial flights. Let alone the many more reports documented around the globe. Aviation engine oils contain neurotoxic additives, so breathing the fumes can cause lasting damage to your brain. Also, flight safety can be compromised when crews are impaired inflight. You will meet some affected crewmembers in our video.

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Boeing sued over toxic cabin air

Boeing sued over toxic fumes in cabin design, are others to follow?


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.

U.S. Airways in the News Toxic Air

You must listen and watch this recent newscast out of Charlotte North Carolina, it is real, and we need to do something.  Notice that U.S. Airways after the interview is still denying and stonewalling this issue!



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Fume event on U.S Airways flight August 6

A US Airways Airbus A330-200, registration N287AY performing flight US-796 from Philadelphia,PA (USA) to Tel Aviv (Israel), was climbing out of Philadelphia when the flight crew reported an odour of burning plastic but decided to continue the flight. The aircraft was enroute at FL370 about 90nm northwest of Gander,NL (Canada) when the crew declared emergency reporting several flight attendants were reporting sick. The aircraft diverted to Gander for a safe overweight landing about 30 minutes later.

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Autopsy confirms toxins in dead pilots blood are from toxic cabin air

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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
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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, 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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