British Airways B763 near London on Nov 17th 2016, fumes affect flight attendants
Last Update: September 18, 2020 / 18:15:33 GMT/Zulu time
An engineer entered the aircraft to assess the conditions on board while emergency services began to assess the flight attendants and provided first aid. After a few minutes the engineer also began to feel sick. Six of the seven flight attendants were taken to Hillingdon Hospital for assessment. The passengers subsequently disembarked.
The occurrence aircraft returned to service about 19 hours after landing.
The two flight attendants severely affected during the fume event were diagnosed with the same illness just one week apart in 2018. On Aug 29th 2020 The Aviation Herald learned one of the flight attendants affected by the event has died in August 2020.
On Sep 18th 2020 The Aviation Herald received the following statement by a Unite the Union spokesperson, representing British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association: "It is with great sadness that the union has learnt of the death of Estelle and our thoughts are with her family at this time. Unite continues to represent her colleague Nikki, whose health was also badly affected during the same fume event. Unite is supporting legal cases for 220 workers who have suffered illness or injury as a result of being exposed to toxic cabin air. Unite is committed to winning justice for all the affected workers."
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