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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : zhu.artcc|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zhu.artcc|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B757-200|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Navigation In Use||other|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : multi engine
pilot : commercial
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
non adherence : published procedure
non adherence : company policies
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other other : 4|
|Problem Areas||Cabin Crew Human Performance|
Odor in galley. Flight attendants advised of kerosene type smell in forward galley area. First officer sent to inspect. Returned to advise of faint odor of insecticide or petroleum base product. Flight attendants advised of headache and feeling ill. I asked if they wanted me to land the aircraft at houston or dallas. Reply was no. They would continue. No passenger were aware or smelled the aircraft at fll. Nothing suspect was loaded. Cockpit crew was willing to land the aircraft at any time if flight attendants deemed it necessary. At approximately phx, the flight attendants requested that we call ahead and have flight service meet the aircraft. We did that verbally about 20 mins out of lax confirmed on radio by first officer. A call was made to lax maintenance to request a load audit. We were advised the aircraft was a terminator and be looked at by maintenance. Neither maintenance nor flight service met the aircraft. Captain and first officer went to cargo compartments to verify any odor originating from cargo area. None noted. I went back to the cockpit and made the following entry: odor of insecticide or kerosene detected in forward galley area. Flight attendants requested to be taken to the hospital for test. Cockpit crew went to the hotel. At the hospital, the flight attendant mod was unable to determine the reason the flight attendants were at the hospital because the cockpit crew did not write the aircraft up. The flight attendants were told the aircraft had departed for boston on schedule. This created ill feeling and a near mutiny at the hotel the next day at pick-up time. We were unable to get any information from the computer to verify the aircraft had even been looked at by lax. Flight attendants were told they had to fly the lax-fll legs.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B757 FLT ATTENDANTS ELECTED MEDICAL TESTING BECAUSE OF FUMES IN THE GALLEY AREA.
Narrative: ODOR IN GALLEY. FLT ATTENDANTS ADVISED OF KEROSENE TYPE SMELL IN FORWARD GALLEY AREA. FO SENT TO INSPECT. RETURNED TO ADVISE OF FAINT ODOR OF INSECTICIDE OR PETROLEUM BASE PRODUCT. FLT ATTENDANTS ADVISED OF HEADACHE AND FEELING ILL. I ASKED IF THEY WANTED ME TO LAND THE ACFT AT HOUSTON OR DALLAS. REPLY WAS NO. THEY WOULD CONTINUE. NO PAX WERE AWARE OR SMELLED THE ACFT AT FLL. NOTHING SUSPECT WAS LOADED. COCKPIT CREW WAS WILLING TO LAND THE ACFT AT ANY TIME IF FLT ATTENDANTS DEEMED IT NECESSARY. AT APPROX PHX, THE FLT ATTENDANTS REQUESTED THAT WE CALL AHEAD AND HAVE FLT SVC MEET THE ACFT. WE DID THAT VERBALLY ABOUT 20 MINS OUT OF LAX CONFIRMED ON RADIO BY FO. A CALL WAS MADE TO LAX MAINT TO REQUEST A LOAD AUDIT. WE WERE ADVISED THE ACFT WAS A TERMINATOR AND BE LOOKED AT BY MAINT. NEITHER MAINT NOR FLT SVC MET THE ACFT. CAPT AND FO WENT TO CARGO COMPARTMENTS TO VERIFY ANY ODOR ORIGINATING FROM CARGO AREA. NONE NOTED. I WENT BACK TO THE COCKPIT AND MADE THE FOLLOWING ENTRY: ODOR OF INSECTICIDE OR KEROSENE DETECTED IN FORWARD GALLEY AREA. FLT ATTENDANTS REQUESTED TO BE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TEST. COCKPIT CREW WENT TO THE HOTEL. AT THE HOSPITAL, THE FLT ATTENDANT MOD WAS UNABLE TO DETERMINE THE REASON THE FLT ATTENDANTS WERE AT THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THE COCKPIT CREW DID NOT WRITE THE ACFT UP. THE FLT ATTENDANTS WERE TOLD THE ACFT HAD DEPARTED FOR BOSTON ON SCHEDULE. THIS CREATED ILL FEELING AND A NEAR MUTINY AT THE HOTEL THE NEXT DAY AT PICK-UP TIME. WE WERE UNABLE TO GET ANY INFO FROM THE COMPUTER TO VERIFY THE ACFT HAD EVEN BEEN LOOKED AT BY LAX. FLT ATTENDANTS WERE TOLD THEY HAD TO FLY THE LAX-FLL LEGS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.