Lufthansa A321 near Berlin on Jun 7th 2013, three flight attendants injured by fumes

Last Update: June 27, 2016 / 14:35:19 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 7, 2013

Classification
Accident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-182

Aircraft Registration
D-AISB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

A Lufthansa Airbus A321-200, registration D-AISB performing flight LH-182 from Frankfurt/Main to Berlin Tegel (Germany), was nearing the top of descent when a nasty smell was observed in the aft cabin. While cabin crew verified the report the odour became also noticeable in the area of the forward galley. The captain accelerated descent and landing. During the descent three flight attendants observed metallic taste, nausea, head ache, tickling fingers, dizziness and difficulties to concentrate requiring another flight attendant who had not been exposed to the fumes to conduct activities like sorting bottles on their relevant compartment. After safe landing the captain alerted emergency services as the condition of the flight attendants had further worsened, the three flight attendants were taken to a hospital. Emergency services also felt the metallic taste while on board of the aircraft.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 2 hours, then departed for return flight LH-189 and was taken out of service after landing in Frankfurt. The aircraft subsequently returned to service on Jun 8th after about 14 hours on the ground.

The three flight attendants remained in the hospital over night, samples of blood and urine were taken and analysed, however, without significant findings.

One of the flight attendants had requested to be handed out the remaining blood and urine samples of the hospital in Berlin, put them on ice and stored them. The flight attendant was on sick leave until July 15th 2013, but became involved into other occurrences, see Accident: Lufthansa A320 enroute on Aug 14th 2013, three flight attendants injured by contaminated cabin air and Accident: Lufthansa A320 near Frankfurt on Aug 31st 2015, fumes injure flight attendant and Accident: Lufthansa A343 at Chicago on Sep 28th 2015, fumes injure three flight attendants, sending the flight attendant into another sick leave for more than 22 months. Following that second event the samples taken in Berlin on Jun 7th 2013 were sent to the University of Goettingen, where analysis resulted in identification of solvents as cause of the health issues.

The BFU reported on Jun 6th 2016, that they have been informed about the occurrence, during which odour like tar or plasticine was observed. Several flight attendants were medically examined. The BFU did not rate the occurrence as a serious incident or accident.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 7, 2013

Classification
Accident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-182

Aircraft Registration
D-AISB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

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