Despite underreporting by aircrew, many contaminated air events are recorded.6 It is recognised that all aircraft are subject to engine oil leaks occasionally but certain types of aircraft record statistically more events than others. These include the BAe 146 and the Boeing 757.13.
The BALPA survey found that only 3.66% of contaminated air events experienced by pilots were subsequently reported to the CAA.* The CAA database for 2004 recorded a total of 72 flights experiencing contaminated air. Given the low reporting rate of 3.66%, this could indicate that up to 1,967 flights in the UK may have experienced contaminated air events during 2004. If a modest passenger number of 100 per flight is assumed, over 196,000 passengers could potentially present to general physicians with symptoms of acute toxicity.
196,000 passengers a year could potentially present to general physicians with symptoms of acute toxicity.
According to government and airlines there is “no evidence”…
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