Lufthansa A388 near Halifax on Oct 26th 2018, oil fumes on board

Last Update: November 14, 2018 / 21:34:02 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 26, 2018

Classification
Accident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-401

Aircraft Registration
D-AIMJ

Aircraft Type
Airbus A380-800

ICAO Type Designator
A388

A Lufthansa Airbus A380-800, registration D-AIMJ performing flight LH-401 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany) with 432 passengers and 23 crew, was enroute at FL370 about 220nm northeast of Halifax,NS (Canada) when the crew decided to turn around and divert to Boston,MA (USA) reporting oil fumes on board and the reducing engine oil quantity on the #2 engine (Trent 970, inboard left hand). Cabin crew donned their smoke hoods. The aircraft dumped fuel on the way to Boston. Approaching Boston the flight crew reported one of the flight attendants was not feeling well and requested medical services available on arrival of the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely on Boston's runway 15R about 90 minutes after turning around. The entire crew went to a hospital.

Preliminary information received indicates there had been a strong burning odour related to oil fumes as well as visible smoke in the cabin. All cabin crew donned their smoke hoods, the flight crew donned their oxygen masks. Two cabin crew felt very sick. After landing flight and cabin crew went to a hospital, passengers including babies needed medical attention as well. Maintenance determined an oil leak at engine #2.

The occurrence aircraft was still on the ground in Boston 19 hours after landing.

On Nov 14th 2018 the Canadian TSB reported the flight crew smelled smoke while enroute about 190nm southeast of Gander,NL (Canada), donned their oxygen masks and requested to divert to New York JFK,NY (USA) or Boston. The crew worked the checklist for fumes/smoke and shut the #1 pack down. When members of the cabin crew, who had donned their smoke hoods, reported feeling sick the crew considered to divert to Halifax, began to dump fuel and decided to divert to Boston requesting medical services to meet the aircraft. While enroute to Boston the crew noticed the #2 engine oil quantity was decreasing. After landing two members of the cabin crew required medical attention. Maintenance determined an oil leak at the #2 engine had occurred and was the source of the odour. The operator proceeded to take the aircraft to Frankfurt performing a manufacturer approved three engine ferry.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 26, 2018

Classification
Accident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-401

Aircraft Registration
D-AIMJ

Aircraft Type
Airbus A380-800

ICAO Type Designator
A388

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