For the first time it is displayed: occupants of aircraft are routinely exposed to life-threatening nerve gases, which are sucked in by the engines together with fresh air.
Who often flies and those who cannot physically break down these toxins properly, has the risk to get seriously ill and could even die. Researchers at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) Amsterdam will deliver soon hard evidence in the authoritative scientific journal Brain Imaging & Behavior.
“We have examined Dutch pilots and cabin crew with disease symptoms, with race car drivers as control group. Many pilots have detectable damage to the white matter in the brain. That is also the cause of for example MS and alzheimer’s “, confirmed doctor Michel Mulder, he is also pilot, yesterday to the news paper de Telegraaf.
AMC-radiologist Liesbeth Reneman leads the study into the so-called “aerotoxic syndrome” that can occur in all types of aircraft, with the exception of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which apply other techniques of ventilation.
Aviation does not want this problem in the open, according to Mulder, because adjustments to aircraft with filters will cost many billions. Also there will be high claims as an occupational disease is established. KLM has done her own research, among other things, that would show that the amount of toxic air in the cabin and cockpit TCP’s are negligible small.
We placed earlier an article in Amsterdam Today about this subject. Via this link you can read it.