Over the past few months, several crew members and some passengers have filed complaints of sickness and vomiting on long-haul flights with the new A330neo aircraft. The case is being investigated by TAP and Airbus.
In the last episode, reported by the radio station TSF on Tuesday, the crew began to feel sick in the final stretch of a flight bound to Brazil and the pilots were seen wearing a mask.
The problem may be in the''air renewal system' inside the airplane and more specifically in the way the air drawn by the engine is being taken into the aircraft cabin, which is being insufficient, causes it to degrade, says TSF. The symptoms are felt more acutely at the end of long journeys, such as the intercontinental ones.
The cases have already been reported to the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC), which is working with the company. The complaints were also forwarded to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which assesses and certifies the safety of aircraft in European airspace.
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TAP Air Portugal confirmed on Tuesday, June 25, "occasional cases of crew members with slight indispositions" on some flights of the new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, possibly associated with "some odors of the air conditioning equipment", ensuring it's a a normal occurrence on new aircrafts.
'The tests already carried out by both TAP and Airbus do not allow any correlation between these episodes and a hypothetical, but not demonstrated, deficiency in circulation and air renewal."
"The A330neo is an airplane with all the certifications by the national and international authorities and totally apt for the service of transport of passengers in total safety", says the company, emphasizing that "the cabins of Airbus are designed and manufactured in order to prevent any type of air contamination ".
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Luciana Passo, president of Portugal's Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel confirmed that she was aware of about 12 reports from nine crew mebers. These cases, which according to Luciana Passo were transmitted to TAP, motivated a trip of union members to Airbus HQ in Toulouse on May 27, where a plane was grounded for a month for inspections. But according to the tests made at the time by the manufacturer, there was nothing irregular, she says.
The final inspection report, she adds, is expected by the end of July, but the persistence of these situations leads the responsible party to insist on a rapid corrective action and immediate mitigation of the causes for the problems identified. Luciana Passo says that the indispositions are not only in the final phases of the flights as it had been initially reported and that there were passengers who vomit in some of these trips.
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