Lufthansa A346 enroute on Jan 11th 2016, fumes on board

Last Update: January 25, 2016 / 13:58:54 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 11, 2016

Classification
Accident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-730

Destination
Hong Kong, China

Aircraft Registration
D-AIHH

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-600

ICAO Type Designator
A346

A Lufthansa Airbus A340-600, registration D-AIHH performing flight LH-730 (dep Jan 10th) from Munich (Germany) to Hong Kong (China), encountered fumes on board enroute. On approach to Hong Kong the flight crew donned their oxygen masks and continued for a safe landing in Hong Kong. At least one of the pilots reported sick feeling unwell as result of the fumes and went to a hospital.

Maintenance subsequently checked the aircraft and identified the APU as source of the fumes, replaced the related filters and released the aircraft to service for the return flight.

During the return flight LH-731 the aircraft encountered another fumes event, see Accident: Lufthansa A346 enroute on Jan 11th 2016, fumes on board causing a flight attendant to be given a sick note by doctors.

The aircraft returned to service following the return flight and encountered a third fumes event on the third consecutive flight.

First sources reporting these two events on LH-730 and LH-731 hinted to The Aviation Herald, that the internal documentation by Lufthansa was reporting the occurrences, sources reporting later however stated, that there were only entries for the aircraft on the date of Jan 11th 2016 stating "no data".

On Jan 18th 2016 Germany's BFU told The Aviation Herald that all three events have been reported to the BFU, currently data are being collected to establish the severity of the events for classification of the occurrence either as incident, serious incident or accident. On Jan 22nd 2016 the BFU asked The Aviation Herald to update the coverage stating, that despite initial confirmation of all three events the BFU received notification only for flights LH-731 and LH-638 (not for flight LH-730, the first in sequence).

On Jan 25th 2016 the BFU reported that after collecting data and information the occurrences of D-AIHH have been rated an incident, the BFU is not going to investigate the occurrences.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 11, 2016

Classification
Accident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-730

Destination
Hong Kong, China

Aircraft Registration
D-AIHH

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-600

ICAO Type Designator
A346

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