The Telegraph: “Warning over toxic fumes in plane cabins”

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A coroner in the UK has issued a report that warns frequent fliers and crew members that they may be exposed to potentially harmful fumes inside the airplanes.

The Telegraph Warning over toxic fumes in plane cabins

This is called “aerotoxic syndrome” that results from compressed air that may be mixed with oil particles that are dangerous to health.

You can access the full article on The Telegraph’s website here and below is an excerpt:

Commercial passenger planes have a system which compresses air from the engines and uses it to pressurise the cabin. But it can malfunction, with excess oil particles entering the air supply.

In a confined space, with the air recirculated, the cumulative effect on frequent fliers, especially aircrew, can be harmful, the coroner said.

Mr Westgate, a senior first officer, died in 2012 after claiming he had been poisoned by toxic cabin fumes.

In his “prevention of future deaths report”, produced last week, the coroner says that examinations of Mr Westgate’s body “disclosed symptoms consistent with exposure to organophosphate compounds in aircraft cabin air”.

Conclusion

It is interesting to see if something will come out from this coroner’s report. I certainly wouldn’t like to inhale excess oil particles while breathing inside an airplane during a flight.

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