Spirit A321 at Tampa and Atlanta on Jul 7th 2019, fumes injure crew

Last Update: July 11, 2019 / 21:01:58 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 7, 2019

Classification
Accident

Flight number
NK-942

Aircraft Registration
N658NK

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

A Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration N658NK performing flight NK-942 from Tampa,FL to Atlanta,GA (USA), was taxiing for departure when the crew was advised they needed to wait due to weather. The aircraft stopped on the taxiway, one engine was shut down and the crew permitted passengers to use the lavatories on board. A strange odour began to develop on board, passengers began to cover up their noses and mouths and overheard flight attendants suspecting the odour originated from the lavatory. About 30 minutes after stopping the aircraft was able to depart, the fumes disappeared during takeoff but returned during initial climb and became even stronger, passengers commented the odour reminded of old dirty socks. Again noses and mouths were covered. Flight attendants felt visibly increasingly unwell, whispered together suspecting a fume event, the flight deck was informed. The flight crew attempted to shut down on the air conditioning packs, however, the odour remained. The crew then shut down the other air conditioning pack, but again the odour remained. The flight continued to destination, the odour remained present throughout the flight.

The Aviation Herald learned family members later took a number of the crew of the flight to hospital because the crew members were ill. The event was written up in the tech log of the aircraft.

The FAA told the Aviation Herald: "Flight Attendants reported fumes in the cabin. After the flight landed landed in Atlanta, maintenance workers determined that too much oil was used to service the auxiliary power unit (APU) causing the odor. Workers cleaned, inspected and tested the APU according to the technical service manual, and determined that it was operating properly."

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 9.5 hours, then resumed service.
Aircraft Registration Data
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N658NK
Country of Registration
United States
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Aircraft Model / Type
A321-231
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ICAO Aircraft Type
A321
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 7, 2019

Classification
Accident

Flight number
NK-942

Aircraft Registration
N658NK

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

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