Lingus A320 at Dublin and London on Aug 12th 2019, fumes in DEO

Last Update: February 14, 2020 / 14:47:05 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 12, 2019

Classification
Report

Airline
Aer Lingus

Flight number
EI-182

Aircraft Registration
EI-DEO

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An Aer Lingus Airbus A320-200, registration EI-DEO performing flight EI-182 from Dublin (Ireland) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 173 passengers and 6 crew, had been dispatched with its APU inoperative. Following a cross bleed start of the engines both pilots noticed a strong fuel/oil smell on the flight deck and assumed this was the result of the start procedure. While taxiing for departure they smelt further fuel/oil fumes and thought these were the exhaust gasses of the aircraft taxiing ahead. Following departure further intermittent fumes were noticed and discussed by the flight crew. While conducting the approach brief into London they both felt they were not operating to their usual standard and agreed they needed to maintain heightened awareness. Without donning oxygen masks the crew continued into London for a safe landing.

On Feb 13th 2020 the UK AAIB released a brief bulletin stating:

After completing a cross-bleed start, both flight crewmembers experienced a strong fuel/oil smell which they assumed was as a result of the start procedure. During taxi, they experienced further fuel/oil fumes and thought it was due to the exhaust of an aircraft taxiing ahead. Further intermittent occurrences of fumes were noticed during departure and climb which they discussed.

Whilst the flight crew were conducting their approach brief, they discussed that they both felt they were not operating to their normal standard and agreed they would maintain a heightened awareness. They did not think it necessary to don oxygen masks. The approach and landing were without incident. After landing the flight crew opened the cockpit direct vision windows and taxied onto stand. During a post flight review, unsure of their medical condition, both flight crew donned the oxygen masks for a short while. A basic medical examination of the flight crew showed that all their vital signs were normal.

The aircraft was subjected to extensive fault finding by engineering staff, no cause for the fumes was identified and the aircraft has returned to operation with no further reports of fumes.

The occurrence aircraft returned to service about 47 hours after landing in Heathrow.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 12, 2019

Classification
Report

Airline
Aer Lingus

Flight number
EI-182

Aircraft Registration
EI-DEO

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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