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Due to intermittent reports of smells in the cockpit associated with bleed air from the right engine, first reported on 4 July 2000, a compressor wash had been carried out on the engine and the crew had been requested to report further.

The crew subsequently reported a strong smell in the cockpit at times during climb, cruise and descent. The smell was accompanied by an oily taste in the mouth with general ill feeling and headaches. The symptoms abated after the right engine bleed air was turned off.

The operator reported that there have been no further reports. However, the engine has been scheduled for removal and return to the manufacturer for further investigation as a defective internal engine oil seal is suspected.

General details
Date: 24 July 2000 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location   (show map):37 km N Sydney, Aero. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Fumes 
Release date: 21 September 2000 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: S.A.A.B. Aircraft Co 
Aircraft model: 340 
Aircraft registration: VH-KDQ 
Serial number: 340B-325 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Sydney, NSW
Destination:Coffs Harbour, NSW
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Last update 13 May 2014