Event Details


Title:Sick crew, Fokker 100, G-UKFF, 7 April 1996
Micro summary:During climb, adverse physiological effects on this F-28 prompted a return to origin.
Event Time:1996-04-07 at 1700 UTC
File Name:1996-04-07-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/C96/4/3
Pages:3
Diversion Airport:London Stansted Airport, Essex, England
Site of event:Overhead Dover, Kent
Departure:London Stansted Airport, Essex, England
Destination:London Stansted Airport, Essex, England
Airplane Type(s):Fokker 100
Flight Phase:Climb
Registration(s):G-UKFF
Operator(s):Air UK
Type of flight:Revenue
Occupants:44
Fatalities:0
Serious Injuries:0
Minor/Non-Injured:44
Other Injuries:0
Diverted to:London Stansted Airport, Essex, England
Executive Summary:On departure from Stansted the aircraft climbed to and maintained FL 070 during a Standard Instrument Departure towards Dover. The aircraft was eventually cleared for a further climb and at approximately FL 085 all of the cabin crew reported feeling unwell through what appeared to be a 'lack of oxygen and/or adverse fumes'. The commander declared an emergency and returned to Stansted with all the crew on oxygen. The descent and approach were normal and the aircraft landed without further incident.

During passenger disembarkation the cabin crew remained on oxygen. An engineer present at the aircraft when the doors were opened reported that the air in the cabin was extremely hot, stuffy and stale. Later the crew were taken to hospital for further investigation. The hospital informed the commander that the crew had ingested 'something abnormal' and three crew members had to remain on oxygen for a further hour.

Concluding his post incident report, the commander stated that at FL 070 the aircraft was in the base of a layer of cloud and was close to an area of the Thames Estuary where there are industrial discharges to atmosphere.
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