Lufthansa B735 at Frankfurt and Graz on Mar 2nd 2013, odour in cockpit
Last Update: March 30, 2013 / 16:25:59 GMT/Zulu time
Medical services reported that the captain suspecting intoxication wanted blood and urine sampling of all crew members while on the ground in Graz, however, this would have required the crew to go to the university clinics downtown. The captain thus decided to perform the return flight on schedule without sampling.
The aircraft departed for flight LH-1261 on schedule and reached Frankfurt on time.
The aircraft remained on the ground in Frankfurt for 6 hours before resuming service.
Austria's VERSA (Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority) have opened an investigation into the incident.
On Mar 25th 2013 Lufthansa confirmed to Austrianwings, that the left hand engine (CFM56) was replaced after landing in Frankfurt. It was determined that anti-ice fluid had caused the odour.
On Mar 30th 2013 the NTSB reported that the odour of old socks was present immediately after takeoff for about 3 minutes and again about 5 minutes prior to landing again for 3 minutes. Both flight crew donned their oxygen masks while the smell was present in the cockpit and front galley. Austria's VERSA is investigating the occurrence, the NTSB have appointed an accredited representative to the investigation.
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