Lufthansa A346 enroute on Jan 12th 2016, fumes on board

Last Update: January 25, 2016 / 14:00:16 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 12, 2016

Classification
Accident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-638

Aircraft Registration
D-AIHH

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-600

ICAO Type Designator
A346

A Lufthansa Airbus A340-600, registration D-AIHH performing flight LH-638 (dep Jan 11th) from Munich (Germany) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates), encountered fumes during the flight prompting the crew to don their oxygen masks on approach to Dubai. The aircraft landed safely in Dubai, at least one of the pilots however needed medical care after the return to Munich and went on sick leave as result of the fumes event.

The aircraft had encountered fumes during the previous two sectors, rotation to Hong Kong, too, see Accident: Lufthansa A346 enroute on Jan 11th 2016, fumes on board and Accident: Lufthansa A346 enroute on Jan 11th 2016, fumes on board.

The aircraft had remained on the ground in Munich for 16 hours following the landing of the previous sector from Hong Kong. According to sources the crew of flight LH-638 was advised to expect unusual odour including plastic smell due to renewal of textile environment (carpets etc.).

Sources suggest that there is no write up regarding flight LH-638 in Lufthansa's internal technical documentation.

The occurrence aircraft returned to Munich as flight LH-639 on Jan 12th 2016 on schedule and was removed from service afterwards. The Aviation Herald was informed that the APU was replaced. The aircraft returned to service in the evening of Jan 14th 2016 after about 54 hours on the ground in Munich.

On Jan 18th 2016 Germany's BFU confirmed to have received information on that occurrence, data are being collected to permit proper classification of the occurrence.

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 12, 2016

Classification
Accident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-638

Aircraft Registration
D-AIHH

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-600

ICAO Type Designator
A346

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