Airbus A321-131, D-AIRX
Whilst on the approach into London Heathrow a strong smell became apparent on the flight deck, which resulted in eye and throat irritation being experienced by both pilots. Having established that there was a similar problem in the cabin, both pilots donned oxygen masks and, following an expedited clearance, landed the aircraft without further incident. Despite medical examinations of the affected crewmembers and an investigation, by the operator, of the engines and air conditioning system, no explanation for the odour or symptoms experienced by the crew could be found.
Published 10 December 2014