Fume Event - smell event: Airbus A319 needs to make an emergency landing.
It has only now been made public that a fume event took place on an easyJet plane (registration: G-EZNC) on October 3rd, which was on the way from Palma / Mallorca to Luton and had to land in Paris: several passengers and flight attendants, but also the co-pilot had become ‘unwell’. After the unintended landing, 6 paramedics were in attendance to provide the passengers and co-pilot with first aid. The latter received pure oxygen. This is reported by the ‘Aviation Herald’.
Nothing unusual, because, as is known, fume events happen regularly, which then are usually belittled or completely denied. The British journalist Andrew GILLIGAN asked the airline whether this was a so-called aerotoxic incident. The answer was ‘no’, that this had only been a simple‘smell event’ and easyJet would not classify such events as ‘aerotoxic’.
However, easyJet had to admit that there was a leak of hydraulic fluid that could have developed a "very small amount" of smell. A ‘technical cleaning’ took place in Paris in which all of the return flow filters were also replaced. The plane had to stay on the ground for more than 60 hours before flying back to London. Andrew GILLIGAN (@mragilligan) also has a passenger speaking in his article "EasyJet in forced landing as 'smell event' overcomes co-pilot", which appeared in the Times, providing details on the event.
Some blog comment entries following this report are interesting; a specialist with the alias of ‘VH-EAH’ posts and indicates that he was one of those people who had been involved in the EASA study (published 2017). He corrected firstly that the landing was not an ‘emergency landing’ and that secondly, the EASA study had shown that such ‘cabin air events’ had no adverse effects on health.
This shows once again how this problem is repeatedly downplayed . The fact that this is also done by easyJet is astonishing, since this airline has decided to work with PALL Aerospace to install new filters which are designed to directly filter the bleed air (see entry of 20 September).