Key dates in the history of Aerotoxic Syndrome are highlighted below:
The first warning from the scientists concerning both the dangers and solutions of exposure to contaminated air: Elimination of Engine Bleed Air Contamination by Henry A Reddall, North America Aviation Inc.View the PDF
The Sud Aviation Caravelle is the first commercial aircraft to use the “bleed air” system, whereby air is compressed in the engines and piped – unfiltered – into the cabin.
The first flight of the “bleed air” system Boeing 727 which is then also used on the B. 737, B. 747, B. 757, B. 767, B. 777.
Joanne Turner, a flight attendant for East West Airlines, (travelling as a passenger) is five months pregnant when she falls ill after oil fumes entered the cabin during a flight on a BAe 146 from Sydney to Brisbane. Following the incident, Joanne Turner suffered long-term respiratory problems and begins legal action against East West Airlines.
First scientific paper published identifying the adverse health effects of aerotoxic syndrome. Aerotoxic Syndrome: Adverse Health Effects Following Exposure to Jet Oil Mist During Commercial Flights by Chris Winder & Jean Christophe Balouet.Click Here To View
First BALPA conference on the dangers of Aerotoxic Syndrome for members held at Imperial College, London. UK.
Proceedings of the BALPA Air Safety and Cabin Air Quality International Aero Industry ConferenceView PDF file
University College London research concludes that over 196,000 passengers a year could potentially present to general physicians with symptoms of acute toxicity. Ill health following exposure to contaminated aircraft air: psychosomatic disorder or neurological injury? by Mackenzie Ross & J. BurdonClick Here To View
Aerotoxic Association founded by Capt. John Hoyte at Houses of Parliament, London, UK.
UK House of Lords Science and Technology Committee examines Air Travel & Health and publishes a report recommending regulation of the airline industry and concludes: “Government responses do not reflect the urgency of the situation caused to airline pilots and their families…Government responses do not reflect the urgency and danger to the public.”View PDF file
Capt. John Hoyte is one of 27 BALPA pilots tested by University College London in 2006 following exposure to aerotoxic oil fumes.
Cognitive function following exposure to contaminated air on commercial aircraft: A case series of 27 pilots seen for clinical purposes by Sarah Mackenzie RosView PDF File
Federal Aviation Authority funds a protocol for health care professionals to assist exposed aircrew: Exposure to aircraft bleed air contaminants among airline workers – a guide for health care providers by Robert Harrison MD, MPH & Judith Murawski Msc, CIHView the PDF File
Boeing uses electric air pumps to supply clean air from a separate source (away from the engines) for the first time since the fifties on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This had previously been deemed too expensive.
Turner v’s East West Airlines  Australian High Court Judgement 18 years after the incident, East West Airlines can appeal no more against the judgement in favour of Joanne TurneView PDF File
BA pilot Richard Westgate contacts Aerotoxic Association in March for assistance but dies in December with the results of his post-mortem revealing that he had damage to his nervous systems and heart caused by oil fumes exposure.
Coroner orders a public inquest into the death of BA pilot Richard Westgate
Capt. Eric Bailet files a case in a French court against EasyJet claiming that he has suffered aerotoxic syndrome as a result of the bleed air system exposures.Click Here To View BA & CAA Response
Following a serious fume event in a Boeing 737 passenger aircraft in August 2015, Flight Attendant Ms Escobedo files a case against Boeing in Court of Cook County Illinois.View PDF File
Union Unite reveals it is was pursuing 67 legal cases against UK airlines on behalf of former and serving cabin crew who claim that they have been affected by contaminated cabin air.
10th Anniversary of Aerotoxic Association.
UK airline EasyJet is the first airline in the world to announce that it will be working with commercial supplier Pall Aerospace to develop and design a new ‘bleed air’ filtration system for testing on its Airbus aircraft in 2018.
This is the first time the aviation industry has admitted health concerns about ‘aerotoxic syndrome’Click Here To View
UK Government state that there is ‘no positive evidence’ of Aerotoxic Syndrome.
World Health Organisation publishes Aerotoxic Syndrome: A New Occupational Disease? by Susan Michaelis, Jonathan Burdon, C Vyvyan Howard. The report claimed more than 3.5 billion passengers, plus 500,000 pilots and cabin crew, had been exposed to low levels of engine oil in 2015.View The PDF
The British Airline Pilots Association calls for regulators to ensure the development of effective cabin air filters on board aircraftClick Here To View