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"Gas Leak" On SAA Flight  
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8456 posts, RR: 10
Posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7730 times:
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Translated from the Afrikaans article:

Cape Town - A state of emergency arose yesterday aboard SA333 halfway between Johannesburg and Cape Town when passengers inexplicably started coughing.

It was only when the plane landed in Cape Town and men with gas masks boarded the plane that schocked passengers realized how serious the situation was.

No-one aboard the aircraft, which landed in Cape Town about an hour after the coughing started, was informed about what was happening.

In Cape Town fire and rescue services and medical staff prepared for an emergency landing after the captain sent out a distress call.

The coughing was caused by an unknown gas leak on board the Airbus A340-200. Three of the 231 passengers and crew members were said to have ended up in hospital.

The three were treated by the aiport's medical personnel.

SAA spokesperson Ms. Sarah Uys, said last night two crew members and a passenger were in a Cape Town hospital, but could not say which hospital or their condition.

The plane took off at around 12:00 from the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and the coughing started about an hour later.

The captain made a distress call to the Cape Town International Airport, and requested that fire and rescue services and medical staff be available when the aircraft landed.

The plane landed at 14:07.

Ms. Deidre Hendricks, spokeswoman for the Airports Company (ACSA), later confirmed the captain of the plane had made an emergency call.

"He requested the assistance of the airport fire and rescue services."

One of the passengers, Mr. Tamsanqa Hewu (45) from Johannesburg, said: "A few people started coughing and it was clearly causes by something in the air. A pilot came out of the cockpit to observe the situation then disappeared. The coughing only lasted a while, then everything returned to normal. "

Mr. Andre Willemse (40), who also on the flight, said no one had communicated with the passengers on the emergency condition. "We got quite a fright when people with gas masks boarded the plane to examine it."

He said they were only informed of the possible gas leak when on the bus to the terminal.

Medical personnel were on hand and the passengers were kept on the bus for questioning.

"They wanted to know if anyone felt dizzy or sick," Ms. Teresa Chia (29), a tourist from America, said.

Mr. Theo Layne, spokesperson for Cape Town's fire and rescue services, said: "We've checked the air quality of the aircraft cabin and fiound nothing amiss. Then we went to the hold and found three packages labelled HAZMAT.

"The packets were not opened and there were no signs of leaks."

Layne said it was impossible to immediately determine what kind of gas it was. "There are various gases used in the cooling system of an aircraft."

SAA is investigating the incident.

http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuu...oes-op-vlug-toe-gas-lek-20110524-2


After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5873 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7712 times:

Quoting Andz (Thread starter):
There are various gases used in the cooling system of an aircraft.

No there aren't, unless he's talking about oxygen, nitrogen, and the other few dozen gases which exist in outdoor air, which is what the AC Pack system operates on.

Seriously, this sounds like it was blown way out of proportion. To say that there was hazmat onboard, and then turn around and say that it wasn't involved, is just sloppy alarmist stuff.

It's actually a very incomplete story. What was the resolution? What was the cause?
"Oh, we didn't find anything, so we put 250 more people on it and flew the plane to the next stop."
That's what I'm reading between the lines. In which case, there clearly wasn't anything serious going on, and it hardly is worth the news story.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8456 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7594 times:
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Don't shoot the messenger, I just translated the article!

It doesn't say if the plane was cleared for use, is still at CPT, was ferried empty back to base for further investigation so reading between the lines is pointless.

Our media is no different from yours when it comes to aviation.



After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offline767eng From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2010, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7397 times:

Doesn't the 340 have supplemental cooling for the galleys - ie refrigerant piped to the galleys to keep the carts chilled, I guess a leak in this pipework could cause this problem until the crew turn it off.

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5873 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7133 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 2):
Don't shoot the messenger, I just translated the article!

Yeah yeah, not shooting you.

Quoting Andz (Reply 2):
Our media is no different from yours when it comes to aviation.

That's depressing... I was hoping that only ours was lousy...


User currently offlinecalibansa333 From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7128 times:

Quoting Andz (Thread starter):
No-one aboard the aircraft, which landed in Cape Town about an hour after the coughing started, was informed about what was happening.

I imagine the crew did this because they didn't want to cause a state of panic. Smart move in my opinion, but it might have been better to at least let the passengers know they were making an emergency landing, and make up a reason for it. either way the flight landed safely with few problems (three people in the hospital), I'd say that's a fair result.


User currently offlinetymnbalewne From Bermuda, joined Mar 2005, 952 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7005 times:

Does SA serve beans or broccoli on their flights?  


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User currently offlinemabadia71 From Costa Rica, joined Nov 2008, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 6951 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 4):
Quoting Andz (Reply 2):
Our media is no different from yours when it comes to aviation.

That's depressing... I was hoping that only ours was lousy...


Yeah, no. That's pretty much a worldwide matter. Here the once said that the AN-124 had 6 engines while showing a image where it clearly showed it only had 4.



mabadia71
User currently offlineflood From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 1381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6794 times:

Avherald now reporting "The hazmat teams found some hazardeous cargo had spilled in the cargo compartment as result of not being properly secured into place causing chemical fumes to reach to the cabin."
http://www.avherald.com/h?article=43d11715&opt=0


User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6718 times:

I never heard of a gas leak on a plane before. I wonder if there were any similar incidents reported on this.


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User currently offlineclemsonaj From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6703 times:

Quoting flood (Reply 8):
"The hazmat teams found some hazardeous cargo had spilled in the cargo compartment as result of not being properly secured into place causing chemical fumes to reach to the cabin."

Interesting. Could be a mess of trouble for SA if that compound is carcinogenic or teratogenic. Likely not the case though if it were being transported on a passenger airliner.


User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9543 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5163 times:

Dangerous goods must be reported to the captain when loaded on a flight. The captain has to sign the manifest which exactly shows the UN number, the class and the type of DGR, he knows what he has on board and can respond in such a case by notifying the destination airports fire service.

If DGR is not properly loaded the outer packaging might break, if the inner packaging damages as well, it is not properly packed either. In which case the shippr, the freight forwarder and the airline will have a severe problem and persons responsible face criminal charges.



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User currently offline7673mech From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 732 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4299 times:
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Quoting 767eng (Reply 3):
Doesn't the 340 have supplemental cooling for the galleys - ie refrigerant piped to the galleys to keep the carts chilled, I guess a leak in this pipework could cause this problem until the crew turn it off.

I was under the impression that it is just cooled air piped in a la 767's.

Quoting goblin211 (Reply 9):
I never heard of a gas leak on a plane before. I wonder if there were any similar incidents reported on this.

There have been previous ones - for the same reason as on this aircraft. Cargo spills.
I suppose you can consider hydraulic fluid in the form of mist a gas too - that has happened before too. (Pin hole leak in line -fluid comes misting out).


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