About seventeen former and serving cabin crew members intend to file a claim against British Airlines for contaminated air poisoning. The lawsuit follows the deaths of the airline’s employees Richard Westgate and Matthew Bass.
The family of the two believe their deaths are related to contaminated cabin air.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority, incidents of smoke or fumes on planes are rare and there are no evidence of long-term health effects.
The case is funded by the Unite Union. The union is calling on a public inquiry into the contaminated cabin air. Lawyers are now working with the seventeen former and cabin crew members for personal injury claims against British airlines. The cases will be “individual” rather than collective.
According to a Victoria Derbyshire programme show, they have obtained uncensored safety reports submitted to the CAA. It indicated that between April 2014 and May 2015, there were 251 separate incidents of fumes or smoke inside a large passenger jet.
The statistics obtained did not include Lufthansa and Ryanair despite travelling in British airspace.
Repeated exposure to fume events with low-level exposure to chemicals could damage the long-term health of the cabin crew.