The Federal Government, in particular the DOBRINDT ministry, does not want to know about many incidents with fume events. Thus the information following a parliamentary inquiry by the GREEN’s deputy Markus TRESSEL in the Bundestag (view by clicking the active picture).
For example, TRESSEL wanted to know how the responsible authority BFU can ensure that "in cases where there is a time delay in the nervous system, the lung and/or other organ disturbances, have access to all information relevant to the examination (eg cockpit voice- recorder, recorders, flight data recorders, etc.) which are necessary for an investigation pursuant to regulation (EU) 99612010, Art. 2, 17. d) in conjunction with Art. 5 (1) and (2)? "
The Ministry's reply to this question 1f):
"In principle, the BFU uses all available information and sources. Pursuant to Article 9 (1) of Regulation (EU) No 996/2010 and Article 7 (1) (1) of the LuftVO, air traffic accidents and serious disturbances must be reported immediately to the BFU. In order to be able to take action at any time, the BFU can be reached 24 hours a day. "
Means in plain English: The BFU can not guarantee this, because the data is not available any longer after a certain period of time.
This is also clear, following question No 2. : Markus TRESSEL wanted to know which types of aircraft are particularly affected by fume event incidents, differentiated by reports, disturbances, serious disturbances and accidents.
Answer: this is not done. But the "reports" of fume events are registered. The attached table on page 3 shows that the BFU is not up-to-date with the reports. A total of 11 reports have been documented in this statistics for the year 2008. However, under "Incidents": incidents, which mostly do not appear in official statistics, we have found that the WDR had discovered - 121 such incidents in the course of its research.
Which means: the official numbers are absolutely good for nothing.
And this is also underlined by the ministry itself - apparently without noticing - with a further answer. The BMVI, for example, reports that in 2016 about 830 notifications of potential victims, resp. potentially injured people have been received by the responsible "Berufsgenossenschaft Verkehr" ( = BG = transport association/insurer).
To question No 11 from GREEN’s deputy TRESSEL: „In how many of these cases were files and information related to disturbances / incidents’ of and with contaminated air consulted, if yes with what result, if no, why not? "the answer is - similar to the Ministry's answer to the" Dieselgate "affair:
"There is an intensive professional exchange between BG Verkehr and BFU as well as with other authorities and institutions."
In other words, all BMVI employees, including the political leaders, are doing their daily work. The BMVI knows little about what happens outside our offices. To be exact: nothing.