Eurowings A320 near Dusseldorf and London on Jan 5th 2018, fumes on board

Last Update: January 10, 2018 / 14:29:30 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 5, 2018

Classification
Accident

Airline
Eurowings

Flight number
EW-9464

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

Aircraft Registration
D-AEWK

A Eurowings Airbus A320-200, registration D-AEWK performing flight EW-9464 from Dusseldorf (Germany) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was climbing out of Dusseldorf when passengers in the aft cabin began to complain about feeling unwell, flight attendants working in the aft galley also felt unwell. The odour spread forward causing passengers and flight attendants in the forward cabin to feel unwell later into the flight, too. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Heathrow's runway 27L about 65 minutes after departure. The passengers disembarked.

The crew ventilated the aircraft, the flight attendants recovered and the boarding for the return flight was started. During boarding the health condition of the flight attendants deteriorated again, the boarding was halted, the passengers disembarked. The flight attendants were taken to hospitals. Three flight attendants were able to return to duty after treatment, a fourth flight attendant is still on sick leave estimated for at least 14 days.

The flight crew, who had remained unaffected, donned their oxygen masks for positioning the aircraft back to Germany without passengers and cabin crew departing London about 6.5 hours after landing and returned the aircraft to Cologne (already night curfew in Dusseldorf).

The Aviation Herald learned that maintenance attributed the fumes to a malfunction of the #2 pack. The aircraft was returned to service.

On Jan 9th 2018 Germany's BFU reported they have been informed about the occurrence and are collecting further data to establish the classification of the occurrence.

On Jan 10th 2018 the BFU advised that the occurrence has not been rated a serious incident or accident, no investigation has been opened.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 5, 2018

Classification
Accident

Airline
Eurowings

Flight number
EW-9464

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

Aircraft Registration
D-AEWK

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