|Quoting jumbojim747 (Reply 4):|
Spoke to a friend who was onboard he says its that dreaded odder that smells like smelly ssox.
I think this is not the first time this smell has occurred on airbus aircraft
Sock funk tends to consist of a mixture of straight-chain organic amines such as putrescine and cadaverine (both aptly named) and thiol (R-SH
)-containing organics. Sulfur dioxide tends to smell of rotten eggs. Skunk scent, coffee, and cannabis tend to be rich in thiols. Rotting protein (especially fish) tends to be rich in organic amines.
What fluids might be used on an A380 that would contain significant amounts of nitrogen or sulfur? Skydrol is a phosphate ester, so shouldn't have this charasteric smell.
I'm wondering if some animal (mouse?) got into an air duct and died there.