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Accident: Lufthansa A321 enroute on Jun 7th 2013, smell sickens three cabin crew

By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Jun 10th 2013 20:44Z, last updated Monday, Jun 10th 2013 20:45Z
A Lufthansa Airbus A321-200, registration D-AISB performing flight LH-182 from Frankfurt/Main to Berlin Tegel (Germany), was enroute at FL280, cabin crew had just started service, when cabin crew noticed a very strong bad smell on board. Three flight attendants quickly developed symptoms like concentration problems described as “brain fog”, tickling and irritation in the throat combined with a metallic taste, headache, dizziness and weakness of legs. The aircraft continued to Berlin for a safe landing about 45 minutes after departure from Frankfurt. The three flight attendants were taken to a hospital, one flight attendant remained without symptoms.

The flight crew positioned the aircraft back to Frankfurt as (scheduled) flight LH-189, however without cabin crew and without passengers. The aircraft remained on the ground in Frankfurt for about 14 hours resuming service the following morning.

The hospital took blood and urin samples of the affected flight attendants and performed tests for blood oxygen levels, calcium, haemoglobin and other substances as well as tests for organophospates, however, no markers were identified. The flight attendants were discharged 24 hours later.

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