Lufthansa A388 near San Francisco and Frankfurt on Feb 11th 2018, fumes on board

Last Update: February 22, 2018 / 23:09:26 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 11, 2018

Classification
Accident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-455

Aircraft Registration
D-AIML

Aircraft Type
Airbus A380-800

ICAO Type Designator
A388

A Lufthansa Airbus A380-800, registration D-AIML performing flight LH-455 (dep Feb 11th, arr Feb 12th) from San Francisco,CA (USA) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was climbing out of San Francisco about 5 minutes into the flight when an odour of dirty old socks developed in the cabin, a passenger fainted, a number of other passengers complained about headache. The flight crew made an announcement that the odour had been caused by de-icing fluid and there was no danger to health. About 20 minutes later the odour subsided. The aircraft continued to Frankfurt. Descending towards Frankfurt the odour developed again, passengers attempted to disable air conditioning by sealing it off with blankets and pillows. About 15 minutes later the odour subsided again. The aircraft continued for a landing without further incident. A number of flight attendants suffering from headache and eye irritations were taken to hospitals, none of the affected passengers requested medical attention in Frankfurt.

According to information The Aviation Herald received an oil leak at engine #3 (Trent 970) is being suspected as cause of the odour.

Germany's BFU reported on Feb 22nd 2018, that they have been notified about the occurrence. They did not rate the occurrence as an accident or serious incident, hence no investigation has been opened.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Frankfurt 10 days later undergoing scheduled maintenance.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 11, 2018

Classification
Accident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-455

Aircraft Registration
D-AIML

Aircraft Type
Airbus A380-800

ICAO Type Designator
A388

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