Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fumes event – 19 km E Melbourne Airport, Vic. - 23 November 2007 - VH-OGG - Boeing Company 767-338

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 23 November 2007, a Boeing Company 767-338, registered VH-OGG, was being operated on a scheduled passenger service between Sydney, NSW and Melbourne, Vic. On board were two flight crew, seven cabin crew and 255 passengers. The aircraft departed Sydney at 1426 Eastern Daylight-saving Time (EDT).

At about 1455, a passenger reported to a flight attendant that he could smell fumes coming from the gasper air vent above his seat. The passenger later reported that the fumes smelled like jet exhaust. The passenger became unconscious, and was administered oxygen. He regained consciousness within a few seconds of being administered oxygen. A second passenger, seated in the area, also reported feeling nauseous at the time.

The flight crew declared a state of urgency to air traffic control and began performing the 'Smoke or Fumes - Air Conditioning' checklist. The aircraft landed at Melbourne Airport at 1529.

There were no other reports of adverse effects from any of the other passengers or crew on board the flight. The two affected passengers had travelled extensively by air with no previous adverse reactions. The investigation could not determine whether the passengers' symptoms were as a result of fumes in the aircraft cabin, or whether there were other unidentified medical conditions that may have contributed to the symptoms exhibited by the two passengers.

The investigation identified a non-contributory safety issue related to adherence to curing times following application of corrosion inhibiting compounds in the aircraft's cargo bays. The report details safety action taken by the operator to address this safety issue.

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General details
Date: 23 November 2007   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1500 ESuT   Investigation level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 19km East of Melbourne    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Fumes  
Release date: 26 September 2008   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 767  
Aircraft registration VH-OGG  
Serial number 24929  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Departure time 1426  
Destination Melbourne, Vic  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command ATPL
Co-Pilot/1st Officer ATPL
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Serious: 0 1 0 1
Minor: 0 1 0 1
Total: 0 2 0 2
Last update 14 November 2018