Poison in the Airplane? Fume Events, Contaminated Cabin Air and Aerotoxic Syndrome

Some amendments of cultural history on the topic "Flying is safe"

The technical problem is well known in the industry: the air in an airplane is tapped from the turbines. Turbines - more precisely: the engines - are high performance engines that require a special lubricant to keep them from running hot: synthetic oils. I.e. one of the ingredients: an organophosphate–base used for pesticides and chemical warfare agents, TCP (tricresyl phosphate), is highly toxic.  Banned ages ago in car engine oils, this nerve poison is an integral part in jet engine oil. We know about more than 50 other potentially health hazardeous substances. For example, evaporated hydraulic fluids or in winter, de-icing fluids. In their normal state they hardly pose any particular problem,  but at 400°C and more,  the effects are quite different. And that’s where the next problems begin: for the health of everybody who flies.

You can access and link to this topic directly: www.ansTageslicht.de/cabinair. We document recent larger incidents, but especially current developments regarding this problem in our Aero-Toxic Log book: www.ansTageslicht.de/ENATLB.

We recommend to: read first why we are dealing with this topic - here  is the very first chapter which is forthcoming end of January 2018.

Please, give us (some) time.

The German version is available at www.ansTageslicht.de/Kabinenluft 

Online am: 13.11.2017
Aktualisiert am: 16.01.2018