vikinga346
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Sulfur Smell On AF

Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:00 pm

Hey I was on a flight between CDG and ARN a couple years ago and I remember smelling a sulfur like smell just as the aircraft was taxiing to take off position. Does anyone know what this smell might be? I asked the flight attendant but he didn't offer an answer and told me "not to worry". Any ideas?

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RE: Sulfur Smell On AF

Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:39 pm

Were you near the Galley.
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RE: Sulfur Smell On AF

Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:37 am

Quoting VikingA346 (Thread starter):
I asked the flight attendant but he didn't offer an answer and told me "not to worry".

A quick google search found several articles about a sulfur smell incident. The crew notified the captain who ordered passengers off the plane. I assume there are other incidents like this one, except they usually don't get this kind of publicity.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/02/12/airline.nuns/
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RE: Sulfur Smell On AF

Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:46 am

The catalytic converter going bad?

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RE: Sulfur Smell On AF

Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:01 am

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 3):
The catalytic converter going bad?

That was definitely my first idea.  rotfl 

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RE: Sulfur Smell On AF

Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:53 pm

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 3):
The catalytic converter going bad

Did someone steal the Precious metal in it  Smile
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RE: Sulfur Smell On AF

Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:17 pm

Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 2):

Am I reading this right? The sulfur snell was belived to be caused by stinky nuns?  vomit 
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RE: Sulfur Smell On AF

Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:42 am

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 6):
Am I reading this right? The sulfur snell was belived to be caused by stinky nuns?

Yes.

American Airlines later wrote to the nuns, "Inasmuch as this odor seemed to emanate from your row on the plane, you were afforded a bit more attention than the other passengers."

http://www.wrmea.com/archives/June_2004/0406064.html

Also note that a flight attendant was alerted to "shoe bomber", Richard Reid, when she detected a sulfur smell from the match he lit in an attempt to set off the bomb.
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RE: Sulfur Smell On AF

Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:46 am

Quoting VikingA346 (Thread starter):
Hey I was on a flight between CDG and ARN a couple years ago and I remember smelling a sulfur like smell just as the aircraft was taxiing to take off position



Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 2):
A quick google search found several articles about a sulfur smell incident. The crew notified the captain who ordered passengers off the plane.

Are these two separate incidents? VikingA346 makes no mention of the plane returning to the gate.
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RE: Sulfur Smell On AF

Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:50 am

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 8):
Are these two separate incidents?

Yes. A google search for "sulfur smell" and "airplane" finds:

1. The nuns who smelled like sulfur.
2. The "shoe bomber" who smelled like sulfur.
3. This thread.

That last one is pretty funny.  Smile  Smile We're going in circles.
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RE: Sulfur Smell On AF

Fri Oct 20, 2006 1:38 pm

Sorry if I'm being vague, but the smell only lasted for a few minutes, and I can be almost positive that it did not originate from a human.

The aircraft proceeded to take off - it did not go back to the gate.

Perhaps this is just an isolated incident that doesn't deserve this post, but I thought maybe it had happened before/anyone had any ideas of what it could be?

Just for the record, I'm being quite serious here, this is not some kind of joke thread.
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RE: Sulfur Smell On AF

Sat Oct 21, 2006 1:46 am

Quoting VikingA346 (Reply 10):
I'm being quite serious here

I'm also taking in seriously, in spite of the smilies. The point is that hydrogen sulfide is normally easily detected by the human nose, but constant exposure causes olfactory fatigue, so the crew members might not be aware of it. That's why I'm concerned that the flight attendant simply told you not to worry without giving further explanation. The F/A might have been correct to not worry, but you were certainly justified to be worried. Hydrogen sulfide is a product of combustion, so it seems to me it is serious, as it was in the Richard Reid incident. On the other hand, aviation fuel contains sulfur, and it might be normal to get a slight odor in the plane, but I can't confirm this and I never noticed it myself.
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RE: Sulfur Smell On AF

Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:48 am

Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 11):
On the other hand, aviation fuel contains sulfur, and it might be normal to get a slight odor in the plane

I'm guessing that this is the most viable explanation for this. I'll treat it as an isolated incident - guess that not many others have experienced something like this.

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