QantasLink Boeing 717 incapacitation investigation

The Australian Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) has released its final report into an incident on June 6, 2023, involving QantasLink Boeing 717-231, VH-NXM (c/n 55094), operated by National Jet Systems, where the flight crew suffered incapacitation while on approach to Hobart Airport, Tasmania.

The flight

The 717 departed Sydney at about 1943hrs local time. During climb-out the two cabin crew members at the front of the aircraft detected a strong chlorine odour in the forward galley, which was unnoticed by the flight crew.

The crew members reported dizziness, mild discomfort described as pressure increasing in their heads and a metallic taste, but that the odour had gone, and the symptoms were not getting worse.

The crew member at the rear of the aircraft reported no odours or symptoms and stated that none of the passengers had complained of anything or appeared to be experiencing discomfort. The two affected cabin crew assessed themselves as fit to continue and the captain elected to continue the flight to Hobart.

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