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.
|Date:||24 July 2000||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Location:||37 km N Sydney, Aero.|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Fumes|
|Release date:||21 September 2000||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||S.A.A.B. Aircraft Co|
|Type of operation||Air Transport Low Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Sydney, NSW|
|Destination||Coffs Harbour, NSW|