Letter from the Aerotoxic Association
I watched the Committee's inquiry with interest,
but regret to inform you that much factual evidence was not presented
to your inquiry.
It is always hard to know which pieces of evidence
might convince you that there is a massive problem looming in
the aviation industry; but as with the Hatfield rail accident
several years ago, perhaps the true state will only become understood
in the aftermath of an actual fatal accident when inconvenient
evidence finally emerges.
Here are some examples to illustrate the sort
of cracks that are being currently papered over:
A pilot fell asleep in a simulator
due to fatigue caused by contaminated air and lost his job;
I elected not to fly a Public
Transport aircraft on three separate occasions citing fatigue
In February 2007 a passenger
flew to the US, she and her whole family were made ill; when a
complaint was made to the airline they claim she was the only
one to complain. It then transpired that 40 other people have
complained of the same problem;
I applied for a personal Flight
Safety report from the CAA to be releasednearly a year
ago. The Freedom of Information act has still failed to allow
that report to be seen by me;
A cabin attendant who flew a
different aeroplane with a different airline but lives 25 metres
from me and who lost her job due to a "mysterious undiagnosed
illness" admits to identical medical symptoms. Her health
issues have never been understood by doctors for over six years;
Numerous pilots reporting ill
health, which is conveniently labelled as "psychosomatic"
by doctors who are now known to be "amazingly ignorant"
(Professor Bagshaw) and mistreated with anti-depressants.
Further factual information you may be aware
of, and I regret that the Committee was not able to question the
In December 2005 I went to see
Professor Muir with many other pilots from my low cost airline
with evidence of illegal rostering, as she was commissioned by
my airline into "the reasons why so many pilots are leaving";
Professor Bagshaw grounded me,
after a 30 year career in aviation (the last 16 years of which
was flying the BAe 146) in February 2006 with "chronic stress".
In March/April 2006 I was tested by Dr Sarah Mackenzie Ross of
UCL and was found to have been chronically poisoned along with
26 other pilots. Why was this not untypical occurrence reported
to the Committee?
In February/March 2007, the
Air Transport Users Council were given full details of the injury
sustained by a family and others travelling to the US, but rejected
any liability for health issues. This again was not mentioned
at the inquiry;
BALPA have stopped answering
letters from several members, who have suffered ill health from
contaminated air, despite acknowledging a serious problem does
exist and that many member pilots are ill.
There are many, many more incidents. How is
it that they fail to see the light of day until after an accident?
I would be grateful if you could either contact
the above for further details or I would be willing to supply
you with the evidence directly, as I am sure you will agree that
the present cover up is totally unacceptable in a democratic society
which fortunately still enjoys freedom of speech.
16 July 2007