Lufthansa A346 at Frankfurt on Sep 19th 2018, fumes on board affect passengers and crew

Last Update: September 19, 2018 / 22:10:23 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 19, 2018

Classification
Accident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-444

Aircraft Registration
D-AIHY

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-600

ICAO Type Designator
A346

A Lufthansa Airbus A340-600, registration D-AIHY performing flight LH-444 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Atlanta,GA (USA), was climbing out of Frankfurt's runway 25C when the crew stopped the climb at FL100 reporting they had a "smell event" on board, "es stinkt nach Öl/ Verbrennung/ irgendwas, ziemlich massiv" (translation: it stinks of oil, burning, something, rather massive). The crew indicated that the aircraft was completely okay, however, it was possible they would not continue the flight, they wanted to remain in the vicinity of the airport while troubleshooting. A number of passengers began to complain about nausea and dizziness. About 20 minutes after levelling off at FL100 the crew advised their decision was taken, a number of crew reported being dizzy because of the odour, they didn't want to risk anything, they were therefore returning to Frankfurt, fuel dump was not necessary, time was more important, a normal landing was to be expected. The aircraft landed safely back on runway 25C about 40 minutes after departure.

A replacement A340-600 registration D-AIHV reached Atlanta with a delay of 5 hours.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground 12 hours after landing back.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 19, 2018

Classification
Accident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-444

Aircraft Registration
D-AIHY

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-600

ICAO Type Designator
A346

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