Fume Events + "Commission for the Evaluation of Poisonings" at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
This commission, consisting of 15-plus experts who all deal with poisoning and toxicological issues, ‚intensively discussed’ such a fume event from November 2012 – as mentioned in the protocol position ‚Top 13’ > ’News’. Background: a doctor felt obliged to report an incident to this commission, during which, in his opinion, a ‚poisoning’ could not be ruled out. In cases of poisonings doctors are actually obliged to do so.
The incident in question was one of the most dangerous incidents happening regarding fume events: On December 19th 2010, the two pilots of a Germanwings Airbus were surprised by a fume event during their landing approach to Cologne/Bonn airport and were barely able to bring the 142-passenger aircraft to the ground. The co-pilot had to be suspended from flying for more than half a year, the captain was fit to fly again after just a few days. The pilots’ flight reports are a dramatic read; they can be found with further information here www.ansTageslicht.de/flightreport.
The experts had apparently little concrete information but, according to the protocol were nevertheless able to assess a "causality as questionable due to the lack of toxicological analyses".
This prompted us to ask the commissioners whether they would be interested in more detailed information, specifically the flight reports of the two pilots. None of the commissioners replied to our first circular mail sent to everyone on April 11th. We sent a second mail on May 15th. Again: no feedback. Only one of the members let us know that we would receive an answer from the CEO.
Now we have yet again, sent another email on June 27th – to both the Managing Director Dr. Herbert DESEL and all commissioners with the two flight reports - to make sure this issue doesn't fall in between the cracks. We have also let everyone else know about it.
Now we will keep an eye on what happens in this commission. And we will document the progress .