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Flight Safety Aspects of Contaminated Air

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:43 pm    Post subject: Flight Safety Aspects of Contaminated Air Reply with quote

Flight Safety Aspects of Contaminated Air

Exposure to contaminated air is exposure to a mixture of chemicals, some of these chemicals have neurotoxic and or immunotoxic properties. Contaminated air has the capability to seriously impair crew performance and has done so on many occasions. There are no contaminated air detection systems fitted to any commercial jet or turboprop aircraft except for a crew’s ability to smell. The airline industry is facing an ongoing serious health and flight safety problem whereby, engine oils and hydraulic fluid sometimes contaminate the air supply. These contaminants may contain neurotoxins, sensitizers and various volatile organic compounds, as well as organophosphates such as Tricresyl Phosphate (TCP), Triphenyl Phosphate (TPP) or Tributyl Phosphate (TBP). This unacceptable situation has been ongoing for over forty years. This article will look at the flight safety debate in great detail, how crews frequently see contaminated air as normal, how the industry has dealt with contaminated air and its impact on flight safety, the aircraft checklists that deal with contaminated air and the impact of contaminated air on a crew’s ability to fly the aircraft ...
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