Contaminated air: it’s not just aeroplanes…

This is about a comment that was appended recently to my blog “The toxic subject that won’t die”.

It doesn’t matter, it seems, whether the gas turbine powers a ship or an aeroplane. It can, as Troy Moeller says, “blow atomised synthetic lube oil all over you”. And then you lose your job and your health.

Here is his account:

“Having worked on board a Perry Class Frigate and an Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer as a Gas Turbine Systems Tech Mechanical USN the stark truth is that we entered the Engine Enclosures on a regular basis.



USS Oliver Hazard Perry



USS Arleigh Burke

“That is with the Combustor Sump blowing the atomized synthetic lube oil all over us and unfortunately in us. I was diagnosed with “Adult Onset Asthma” just a few months after reporting to the Fleet. The downward spiral of my pulmonary health took years to realize and even longer for VA pension compensation. I realized a long time ago who the culprit was but what do I do? While grateful for the pension it doesn’t begin to recompensate me for lost wages or harm done me. I also would like the Navy to address the fact that thousands of GSM’s are still in harm’s way.”

If you have suffered like this, get in touch with us and, as Troy requests in his comment, with him also.

Finally, to demonstrate just how touchy the airline industry is seen by its employees to be over the matter of contaminated cabin air, I have just taken the names of the cabin crew out of our story about two reported fumes incidents that took place in Lufthansa Airbus A340-600s.

Why? …because one of them contacted me requesting  that I do so, because of the fear that any future application for a job with another airline employer would be turned down. Lufthansa, commendably, has not hassled the reporters, they tell me, but the publicity we gave the event has persuaded at least one of them that the worry about career security is such that it’s not worth reporting again.

What a sad reflection on the industry that this should be so.