To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports by the pilot that British Airways Flight BA286 from San Francisco to London was diverted to Vancouver because of “toxic gas-type fumes” in the cabin, whether the Air Accident Investigations Branch intends to investigate this incident; and if not, why not.
Lord Ahmad of WimbledonParliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Transport) (Jointly with the Home Office), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
The British Airways Airbus A380, on a flight from San Francisco to London, diverted to Vancouver because of a strange odour in the cabin. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch were made aware of the event but under international protocol, it was the responsibility of Canada, being the State of occurrence, to carry out an investigation. The Canadian Transport Safety Board, working with British Airways and Airbus technicians carried out an investigation but were not able to determine the cause. The same captain later flew the aircraft to London with the technicians on board, but there was no recurrence. The aircraft returned to service and British Airways continue to monitor key flights. To date no further reports have been made.
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