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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 1500|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : zzz.tower|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||MD-80 Series (DC-9-80) Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
flight crew : landed in emergency condition
On takeoff; the flight attendants chimed the cockpit 4 times and told us there were very strong fumes and a haze in the cabin. They said it was burning their eyes and throats and it was really bad. They also said the passenger were coughing and complaining. We could smell a burning smell in the cockpit; however; no smoke or fumes. We declared an emergency with regional departure and returned uneventfully. After landing; the crash fire rescue equipment inspected the aircraft with no significant findings and we returned to the gate. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: reporter stated that on postflt inspection; maintenance discovered an APU oil leak allowing oil into the air conditioning packs. As a result; an acrid oily smelling blue haze developed in the cabin.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AFTER TKOF; AN MD80 FLT ATTENDANT AND PAX EXPERIENCED FUMES CAUSING BURNING EYES AND THROATS. AN EMER RETURN TO LNDG WAS ACCOMPLISHED.
Narrative: ON TKOF; THE FLT ATTENDANTS CHIMED THE COCKPIT 4 TIMES AND TOLD US THERE WERE VERY STRONG FUMES AND A HAZE IN THE CABIN. THEY SAID IT WAS BURNING THEIR EYES AND THROATS AND IT WAS REALLY BAD. THEY ALSO SAID THE PAX WERE COUGHING AND COMPLAINING. WE COULD SMELL A BURNING SMELL IN THE COCKPIT; HOWEVER; NO SMOKE OR FUMES. WE DECLARED AN EMER WITH REGIONAL DEP AND RETURNED UNEVENTFULLY. AFTER LNDG; THE CFR INSPECTED THE ACFT WITH NO SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS AND WE RETURNED TO THE GATE. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: RPTR STATED THAT ON POSTFLT INSPECTION; MAINT DISCOVERED AN APU OIL LEAK ALLOWING OIL INTO THE AIR CONDITIONING PACKS. AS A RESULT; AN ACRID OILY SMELLING BLUE HAZE DEVELOPED IN THE CABIN.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 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.