Unnamed A320 at unknown location in Jul 2018, fumes cause carbon monoxide poisoning
Last Update: December 7, 2018 / 17:52:45 GMT/Zulu time
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The occurrence came to light through NASA's aviation safety reporting system (ASRS) only, hence all basic data of the flight, including airline, exact date, airports, tail number etc. are and remain unknown. The Aviation Herald has so far not received any information of a matching occurrence. A query of the FAA's Accidents and Incident Database Systems (AIDS) for all A320 occurrences in July 2018 comes up entirely blank.
NASA's ASRS actually chose to issue an "ALERT BULLETIN" on Dec 4th 2018, which they usually do only with a pattern developing, that is serious enough to affect a significant number of flights and people.
The Alert Bulletin states that the APU had been inoperative under minimum equipment list requirements and thus was not operating. Following the occurrence flight the aircraft was ferried to a maintenance base without activating any of the packs, there was no odour on the ferry flight.
The Alert Bulletin provides following synopsis for the occurrence: "A320 flight crew reported diverting after all four flight attendants noted a dirty sock smell in the aft galley area during climb."
In stark contrast and contradicted by evidence produced by the FAA the FAA had provided The Aviation Herald with the following statement earlier this year (see our coverage at Accident: Spirit A319 at Boston on Jul 17th 2015, fumes on board, captain died 50 days later):
The FAA is committed to protecting the safety and health of passengers and cabin crews on our nation's airlines. Studies have indicated that cabin air is as good as or better than the air found in offices and homes. The FAA believes that the cabin environment in the vast majority of commercial flights is safe. However, we are concerned that if certain mechanical failures occur, the cabin environment may contain contaminants. Airlines are required to report fume events to the FAA.
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