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Jean-Pierre Bellecave and Carlos Villacorta, as Managing Partners of the Spanish and French Law firm BCV Lex ( are representing a number of US Citizens who were crew members of US carriers who were injured by fumes during domestic flights within the US on board Airbus aircrafts. Airbus is being sued because of the defective design and manufacture of the aeroplanes cabin pressure systems.

The nature of the injuries sustained by the crew members during these toxic fume events included neurological injuries, brain, nerve, senses and motion which in some cases has led to their inability to continue working.

BCV Lex's members are pursuing the litigation claims in France because regulation R1215/2012 grants jurisdiction to the state member of the place of the headquarters of the Defendant, which is in France, so the claims are being pursued before the Toulouse Court.

Commenting about the cases Jean-Pierre Bellecave said today “toxic fume events can occur on aircraft when high temperature compressed air is bled off from the engine and re-circulated throughout the cabin and flight deck after having been cooled. In certain occasions, pyrolyzed engine oil or hydraulic fluid may contaminate the air in these compressors, particularly a substance called tricresol phosphate (“TCP”) listed as a neurotoxin affecting the nervous system which can lead to the injuries mentioned above”.

Mr Villacorta added “Crew members are particularly exposed to this risk of air intoxication and there have been numerous other reports of toxic fume air events on European aircraft also”. 

Airbus has said, between other things, that  the air in the cabin is completely renewed every 3 minutes (volumetric renewal every three minutes), being this rate is much higher than those that can be found in other closed environments (offices, schools, nurseries, homes, etc.). However, they omit to said that these other closed environments are not usually affected by pyrolyzed engine oil fumes…

Litigation is ongoing in other jurisdictions, particularly against carriers for damages caused to passengers and crews.

When 17-06-2021

Carlos Villacorta

Jean-Pierre Bellecave