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Holiday jet fumes left crew unconscious

The Local · 25 Mar 2013, 12:50

Published: 25 Mar 2013 12:50 GMT+01:00

Charter airline Condor even admitted that two crew members passed out when the plane was tested after the 242 passengers had left.

The Boeing 757 which flew to the Spanish holiday island on Friday has remained at the Las Palmas airport while further checks are made - and the passengers from the DE 5944 flight were being contacted, a statement from Condor said.

It said that the co-pilot's use of an oxygen mask was "routine and precautionary" and that three other crew members had felt unwell after noticing a funny smell.

None of the passengers or other crew members complained that anything was wrong, the airline said.

But because of the complaints of the crew, once the passengers had disembarked, the engines were started again, which was when two crew members briefly passed out.

"They and the co-pilot went to a local hospital as a precaution," the statement said. By the time the statement was issued, on Saturday afternoon, they had all left the hospital again and, along rest of the crew, were on their way home.

A different plane would be used to fly the holidaymakers back to Hamburg, Condor said.

The German aviation accident authority had been informed, and Condor said it was cooperating with the Spanish authorities to investigate what had happened.

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The plane had undergone a routine full C-check in March, Condor said.

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Your comments about this article

03:52 March 26, 2013 by hanskarl
Boeing airliners are prefixed in their fresh air mixtures. Airbus has three settings which allows them more control. On a recent flight to the US on a full booked Lufthansa Airbus the air quality was borderline to terrible. I asked the Stewardess to talk to the pilots and within 5 minutes the air quality was much better and the temp dropped a few degrees to manageable. On the flight to Germany on an United Airlines 767 the air quality was good the complete trip. then again the flight was not fully booked out. My guess is there was a problem on this 757.

Cheers to Airbus for their innovation!!
07:47 March 26, 2013 by The-ex-pat
The only real difference between an Airbus and Boeing cabin conditioning systems are, one is called Airbus and one is called Boeing. The switch you are referring to on the Airbus is the Hi Flo/NOrmal Flo/Lo Flo rotary. Boeing also have the same system, Hi Flo/Normal FLo. They are for ground use when the ambient temperature is so high that normal ground flow (being supplied by the auxillery power unit APU) cannot cope with the cooling demand. In the air this has no function as two engines are delivering air to the cabin and it is being cooled by the ram air effect of three or four hundred miles an hour.

What you experienced is that the cabin temperature was adjusted a few degrees, nothing more, nothing less.
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