Fukushima triggers unprecedented increase in airline pilot & passenger heart attacks, cancers, radiation illness symptoms. Interview recorded Feb 2oth 2014.
The Fukushima Nuclear Accident resulted in a massive release of radionuclides into our biosphere. Releases continue from the plant via steam events and pouring of massive amounts of water on the reactors and pools which makes its way to the Pacific Ocean endlessly. 2 years ago I was contacted by a flight attendant working out of the Seattle-Tacoma airport who had concerns about various illnesses that were affecting pilots and flight crews, since Fukushima. Over the past 2 years we have collected any and all reports pertaining to this possible connection, until we had a significant amount of data to present to the public. What has become obvious is that something is causing a significant statistical increase in pilots who are having medical emergencies during flights, based on available data.
On February 20th I sat down with Alfred Weber to discuss the increase, what this means for frequent fliers, and where we need to go from here. Following is the list of just pilot-related medical emergencies that have occurred post Fukushima. We will track these events and continue to do interviews as more information becomes available. The 25 page FAQ can be found here in its entirety.
Searching google I did not find any reports or news stories of commercial pilots having heart attacks of passing out mid-flight prior to Fukushima, at first. These stories started appearing with regularity in April of 2011. Using WayBackMachine internet archive there were 2 stories in 2011 pre-Fukushima, one from Seattle, one from Bahrain Jan and Feb of 2011, respectively. Further back yields only a few sporadic reports:
-In July 1985 a passenger who had flown a plane once but wasn’t certified was able to bring a Cessna safely to ground in Lansing, Michigan, after the pilot suffered a heart attack and died in mid-flight.
-In February 2002 a woman with just 48 hours of pilot training took the controls of a twin-engine Cessna over Cape Cod after the pilot became incoherent following an insulin reaction. Unable to reach anyone on the ground, she was able to safely crash-land the plane on the ground next to the runway, saving everyone aboard.
-In 2009 a Florida man with 130 hours of experience flying single-engine planes took the controls of a twin-engine turboprop after the pilot died early in the flight. The emergency stand-in, whose wife and daughters were also aboard, claimed later he’d had no idea how to operate the larger plane beyond working the radio, but he was successfully talked down to a safe landing.
According to “The Wings of the Web” at Airliners.com http://www.airliners.net, a forum for pilots, only 2 cases showed up in searching their database: One of NWA pilot passing out in January of 2004, and one of a Porter Airlines pilot passing out in November of 2009.
So we have a combined number of 6 documented cases of pilots involving 6 pilots passing out mid-flight since 2004, in the 7 years before 3/11, and 17 events involving 19 pilots in the past 3 years, post 3/11. This information does not include medical emergencies that resulted in crashes, or the 11 military pilots that passed out flying F-22’s. We are continuing to collect data for these events as well. An article regarding the F-22 pilot investigation is posted below.
NTSB does not keep records of in-flight medical emergencies, unless it results in a crash. So we have no way to research this further by hard data. Feb 28th: *We are currently compiling a list of plane crashes, as I was reminded and advised yesterday from a physicist that contacted me after the interview that discomposition of metals can be occurring from radiation bombardment, putting the integrity of plane structures and electrical components at risk. We will see what the data shows pre and post Fukushima. ” Ionization is the process in which a charged portion of a molecule (usually an electron) is given enough energy to break away from the atom. This process results in the formation of two charged particles or ions: the molecule with a net positive charge, and the free electron with a negative charge. Each ionization releases approximately 33 electron volts (eV) of energy. Material surrounding the atom absorbs the energy. Compared to other types of radiation that may be absorbed, ionizing radiation deposits a large amount of energy into a small area. In fact, the 33 eV from one ionization is more than enough energy to disrupt the chemical bond between two carbon atoms. All ionizing radiation is capable, directly or indirectly, of removing electrons from most molecules.” The Wigner effect (named for its discoverer, E. P. Wigner), also known as the discomposition effect, is the displacement of atoms in a solid caused by neutron radiation. Any solid can be affected by the Wigner effect, but the effect is of most concern in neutron moderators, such as graphite, that are used to slow down fast neutrons (see Sellafield/Windscale nuclear accident).
In comparing to the available data ie news reports, it would appear we have had a sizeable increase with 6 events in 7 years vs 17 events in 3 years pre and post Fukushima, respectively. I would like to reiterate that does not include the 11 military pilots that have passed out flying F-22’s. The following is a list of news stories sourced of airline anomalies since 3/11, including pilots passing out, crews having health issues, planes landing at wrong airports, and related pertinent news stories, all in chronological order:
April 2011: California to Colorado: Wife takes over flying when pilot/husband passes out: A woman took over the controls of a small airplane when her pilot-husband started having trouble breathing and speaking on a flight from California to Colorado, authorities said. Ground controllers in Colorado and a Great Lakes Airlines pilot in another plane helped her guide the smaller craft. “I was terrified – terrified,” the woman said. “I don’t know how well I was flying that plane….I had never ben responsible for a plane before.” The FAA has not identified the couple. The specifics of the man’s medical problem, who apparently suffered from hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen to the brain, weren’t available. An air traffic controller in Longmont, Colo., noticed the 70-year-old pilot appeared to have difficulty breathing during a routine conversation they were having, KCNC reported. The woman said her husband was slurring his speech and was unable to push the buttons.
September 2011: Reno, NV: Pilot passed out during air-show flight causing crash which killed 11 people and injured 60 (blamed on G-force):
October 2011: Africa: British Actor ‘Mr. Bean’ flies plane after pilot passes out:
“Things got really serious when British comedian Rowan Atkinson most famous as his television persona, Mr. Bean, took over the controls of a small plane containing his wife and children after the pilot passed out 16,000 ft over Kenya. According to a report on The Spectator magazine’s website, Atkinson, who had never taken flying lessons, took the controls and flew the privately chartered Cessna for several minutes after the pilot apparently lost consciousness and could not be immediately revived.”
January 2012: Great Britain: Severe medical emergency during flight, both pilots ‘almost pass out’ and plane loses altitude sharply: A British Airways jet was forced to make an emergency landing after two women pilots ‘almost passed out’ at the controls. The captain and first officer had to put on oxygen masks as the aircraft, which had just taken off from Heathrow, was climbing at 20,000 feet. Twenty minutes into the Glasgow-bound flight, passengers heard a ‘panicked’ call for a senior member of the cabin crew to come to the aid of the flight crew ‘immediately’. ‘It later transpires that both pilots became light-headed/dizzy/unwell at the same time, in my book that’s serious.’
April 2012: Wisconsin: An 80-year old woman lands plane after pilot passes out: Helen Collins landed the twin-engine Cessna, with only one engine running, after her husband collapsed. Helen Collins is not a pilot.
*It was around this time news of the flight crews having skin issues surfaced. Events and sickouts from pilots escalated as follows:
April 2012: Air Canada has to cancel 70 flights due to pilot shortage, possible ‘illegal sick-out”: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/air-canada-pilots-sick-calls-ruled-an-illegal-strike-1.1264378
May 2012: ABC news reports 2,800 flight crew members have sick-outs due to chemical in uniforms ALASKA AIRLINES: According to Seattle’s King 5 News, the year-old uniforms may contain Tributyl phosphate. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants said 10 percent of the airline’s 2,800 attendants are suffering from itching, hair loss, and other adverse health reactions. One flight attendant told King 5 News, “I’ve never had a uniform like this. I broke out this week. I broke out on my back first, then on my legs. I don’t know what it is, or whether it’s the uniform. But, I didn’t have it until I flew 6-7 days in a row and then I started breaking out.”
May 2012: India Air pilots call in sick, causing 100 flights to be cancelled, blamed on contract issues:
July 2012: WIRED MAG in the UK runs article how to fly a plane if your pilot passes out.
July 2012: Story about f-22 pilots passing out frequently (11 times) in past year:
Why have US military pilots been passing out at the controls of their F-22 fighter jets? That has been the mystery vexing Pentagon officials for more than a year. On Tuesday, they announced the results of a wide-ranging investigation into dangerous malfunctions surrounding the most expensive fighter jet in military history. “What gave the Air Force grave concern last year was the unexplained nature of the incidents and the incident rates,” says Maj. Gen. Charles Lyon, director of operations for Air Combat Command, who headed the investigation. “At one point we got up to 11 incidents, which we could not explain.” This was a grave concern for pilots as well. In May, two F-22 pilots went public on CBS saying they refused to fly the plane after becoming woozy and dizzy in mid-flight. The problem, it turns out, is largely due to a pressurized vest that pilots wear when they fly. It has inflated “before it should” in some cases, creating a tightness in the chest. This has been caused by a faulty valve, installed to protect against chemical attacks.
July 2012: Tampa: Military plane (C-17) lands at wrong airport:
September 2012: Large numbers of pilots call in sick, cancelling 300 flights attributed to ‘contract worries’:
In a related article, American spokesman Bruce Hicks, in the carrier’s statement, said sick leave “has been up more than 20 percent year over year and has been elevated for months.”
November 2012: Abu Dhabi: pilot passes out/has stroke like symptoms: This piece of news had just been released even though it happened back in 17 Nov 2012. Minutes before an Etihad Airways Kuwait-Abu Dhabi flight was due to land, the 44-year old Omani pilot was unable to speak properly and had difficulty breathing before becoming unconscious mid-flight. The co-pilot took over and declared an emergency, and was able to do a successful emergency landing without injuries/damages in the Abu Dhabi airport.
November 2012: Australia: A Royal Flying Doctor Service pilot passed out at the controls for several minutes while transporting two patients – and later tested positive to methamphetamine, according to a report. Since when does methamphetamines cause people to pass out? http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2012/11/21/05/13/pilot-passes-out-at-controls
December 2012: Great Britain: Pilot passes out/crashes at airshow: A Red Arrows pilot was probably close to unconsciousness before his plane crashed, an inquest has concluded. Jon Egging, 33, from Rutland, died when his Hawk T1 jet crashed following a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival, in August last year. An inquest heard Flt Lt Egging might have succumbed to G-force impairment before attempting to correct his course in the moments before the impact. The coroner in Bournemouth recorded a verdict of accidental death.
LAWSUIT December 2012: Alaska Air attendants suing over sick-outs related to uniforms: A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Alaska Airlines flight attendants who have experienced numerous health problems as a result of wearing their uniform. Last year, the airline issued new uniforms to its flight attendants. The new uniforms were manufactured by Twin Hill (a division of Men’s Warehouse), and have been found to contain Disperse Orange 37/76, which is a dye that has been banned from use in apparel products, because Disperse Orange 37/76 is a known skin and respiratory irritant. The complaint alleges that almost immediately after the new Twin Hill uniforms were issued to the flight attendants, they began to experience skin symptoms — rash, hives, redness, or itching. A growing number of attendants are also reporting abnormal thyroid functions, hair loss, eye irritation/inflammation, fatigue, shortness of breath, congestion, coughing and asthma. (Note from RadChick: Synergistic relationship between chemicals and rads, or “multiplier effect” may be an important aspect of this case. Another significant event is the Malibu High School cancer and sickness outbreak. As time goes on, I expect the correlation will become more obvious as more of these disease clusters occur. This may also be a contributor to the melting starfish epidemic off the Pacific Coast, as the affected starfish seem to be clustered around cities ie. chemical runoff plus rads)
2 INCIDENTS IN 10 DAYS
January 2013: Seattle to Vegas: Pilot passes out (from ‘flu’):
January 2013: LA to Seattle: Pilot passes out (from ‘flu’ or ‘food-poisoning’):
February 2013: Article mentions 2 passed out pilots and unruly passenger forced landing (working on a separate list of ‘people freaking out’ during flights – including pilots)
August 2013: Forbes also runs story about what to do if your pilot passes out during flight
September 2013: Houston to Seattle: Pilot has heart attack in-flight and dies:
September 2013: Great Britain: A few days after that another pilot falls asleep on route to Gatwick. Of course airlines trying to say this happens all the time:
September 2013: Great Britain: BOTH pilots fall asleep during flight:
October 2013: Humberside, Great Britain: Passenger lands plane after pilot passes out (later died):
November 2013: Plane lands at wrong airport, Kansas:
December 2013: Alaskan Airlines cancels 24 flights due to flight crews calling in sick: Egan says a “very unusual” cold and flu season hit the airline’s Pacific Northwest hub, and the entire region was affected.
December 2013: Spokane teen dies on flight: UPDATE: According to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office the cause of death of the teen who passed away on a Delta flight is currently listed as “pending” further microscopic and other studies, but is thought to be a complication of a rare disease. The manner of death is natural.
January 2014: Branson, MO: Plane lands at wrong airport: This isn’t the first time a large plane has landed at the wrong airport. In late November, RT reported that a massive Boeing 747 Dreamlifter, typically used to haul aircraft parts across the world, landed at a small airport in Kansas a few miles away from its intended destination.
January 2014: Iowa to Denver: Pilot has heart attack: “Passengers heard not one but two chilling announcements on a recent United Airlines flight from Des Moines to Denver, after their pilot suffered a heart attack at 30,000 feet Quick-thinking nurse Linda Alweiss, from Camarillo, California, rushed to respond when crew asked over the loud speaker if any passengers had medical training. But as she was administering aid to the ‘mumbling and incoherent’ pilot, another, distinctly more terrifying plea was heard: ‘Does anyone in the cabin have flight experience?’ Thankfully, the co-pilot managed to safely land the plane at an airport in Omaha, but not before the unusual request thoroughly frightened all on board.”
January 2014: Australia: Teen takes control of plane after pilot passes out. A teenager has described how took he the controls of a light plane for more than half an hour after the pilot passed out during a joy flight over rural Australia. Troy Jenkins says the Cessna 150 was only 10 minutes into a flight from the New South Wales state farming town of Forbes on Saturday afternoon when the pilot Derek Neville lost consciousness.
February 2014: WSJ addresses ‘pilot shortage’ Pilot Retirements and New Rules on Training and Rest Hurt More Than Expected By SUSAN CAREY and JACK NICAS Feb. 3, 2014 8:15 p.m. ET
“A shortage of qualified pilots has hit U.S. airlines sooner and more severely than expected, leading the airlines to accelerate hiring and cut some service. The shortage flows from both a long-anticipated wave of pilot retirements and recently enacted rules that require an increase in training for new pilots and more rest for existing aviators at passenger airlines.”
February 2014: Landing at wrong airport common? On at least 150 flights, including one involving a Southwest Airlines jet last month in Missouri and a jumbo cargo plane last fall in Kansas, U.S. commercial air carriers have either landed at the wrong airport or started to land and realized their mistake in time, according to a search by The Associated Press of government safety databases and media reports since the early 1990s….
The FAA emphasizes that the wrong-airport landings are rare. While there are 29,000 commercial flights in American every day, there were only eight wrong airports in the last decade and none resulted in death or injury.
For the full document 25 FAQ document, including background flight radiation data, air filtering specs in aircraft, Geiger readings in flight submitted by concerned citizens, documents related to Fukushima plumes, NRC transcript excerpts and helicopter radiation flights, please visit Ecology News.
We will continue to compile data to further our understanding of this timeline, and would appreciate any information from pilots or flight crews who may be able to add to this research further. We will also continue to collect and assemble timelines for unruly passengers and pilots, inflight medical emergencies of passengers, and airline crashes related to pilot medical emergencies. Timelines are also being created for plane crashes pre and post Fukushima as integrity of plane structures and components are at risk of discomposition, ie Wigner Effect. Please visit Airline Anomalies Post Fukushima on facebook to review current stories, comment, discuss, and private message or email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also submit new reports at Climate Viewer News.
From a PILOT’S BLOG:
So, finally, with all the flying I’ve done lately, I’d like to say that I’m getting a very firm grasp on where the radiation is and what you can do about it. What I’ve discovered, to date, can be summarized like this:
Aircrew get more radiation than nuclear power plant workers.
Aircrew are classified as radiological workers by the NCRP (National Center for Radiation Protection)
On average, north of 35 degrees north-latitude, radiation increases rapidly above about 35,000′. Pilots who do not need to go higher than that, operationally, might as well stay at a lower altitude if they want to avoid high radiation levels.
Altitude has little affect on the radiation level when flying at latitudes south of about 30 degrees north. I’ve seen almost zero variation between 35,000′ and 45,000′ when flying from 30 degrees all the way down to the equator.
Flying over the North pole is the most hazardous of all. Radiation levels will normally be 12-18 micro-Seiverts per hour, at 40,000′. From 31,000′ upwards, the radiation level will double about every 6500′. Pilots need to check on solar flare activity because, sometimes, levels can exceed 100 uSv/hr.
An affordable dosimeter, that accurately measures all of the different types of radiation at flight altitude, does not seem to be readily available. There is 3x more up there than just Gamma. I think the other main components are radioactive electrons, protons and X-Rays.
Currently, the best prediction center, I’ve found, for flight radiation, is the NAIRAS website.
Above excerpt from: http://jetradjamesblog.wordpress.com/
Some comments post-interview:
“To those of you who fly on a regular basis,notice how many ‘new crews’ there are. Check ‘careerpilotcentre’ (.com) for many openings for ‘type rated’ jet pilots. I have experienced really high elevated readings at FL 350-450 (35,000 to 45,000 thousand feet) of anywhere from 40-58 times background levels (38-42 m/sv/h). Most flight crews in Canada are being kept in the dark about this. On many cross Canada flights (Edmonton-Toronto-Halifax) I read these readings on many occasions followed by extreme ‘cold sweats’-nausea-extreme swelling in the ankles and fellow passengers generally not feeling well. I experienced high counts from Calgary to Cancun as well. Thanks Radchick.” !!!!! ~ TDL
“I finally had time to listen to the entire show. I listened while I was playing with Citizen Perth’s great list of propaganda catch phrases. An amazing overview (pun intended always) and an actual concern. I would add that although they only penetrate clothing, TSA is giving thousands of unlicensed X-rays to all these folks about to get themselves fried by the friendly skies. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing according to our government it seems. Keep up the great work.” ~NW
“I have a very sensitive detection system and I fly quite often. I tested the average flight to be anywhere from 4 to 8 microsoeiverts an hour, when the norm background radiation is .12. Now this is only when you are flying between 30 to 35 thousand feet but once you begin to fly well above 40 where many flights now in Canada have been told to fly highest possible to save on fuel, these airlines Air Canada and West Jet pilots have told me. So when this occurs just the extra 5 k in altitude now these 6 microsieverts double in just a few thousand feet difference so for every thousand feet after certain threshold and I calculated around 33k feet radiation just started going through the roof, no pun intended. So I’m not surprised we will begin to see more radiation type illnesses because of the greed saving on fuel, even the pilots had no clue, I showed them live..while flying, the co pilot sat beside me in coach. They told me most of their retired friends were either dying of cancer or newly diagnosed. Thanks for bringing this to our attention on YT Alfred because you are credible and what I am saying is factual and tested it myself. So really flying couple times a year is harmless but if you have exceeded your annual dosage of radiation either from flying way too much, like I do or X-rays whatever, flying now has become a major hazard to your health especially because of the new altitude policies for saving fuel. Flying at 20K. The radiation level changes were barely noticeable and 45 thousand feet the levels were about 40 xs the norm.” ~CL
“Aside from the fact that the aviation biz has a hard time attracting new pilots for reasons- high training cost’s ( up to $ 75 k ) – low pay with entry level jobs. I have talked to flight crews-Air Canada (where our ‘caring Conservative gov’t has tried to bust their union) who have slept in the seats and aisles of aircraft, trying to ignore the cleaners on a ‘quick turn’ (short time turn-around). So, in other words, most of what the average person can read is that through sheer attrition (lot of pilots retiring) is that the aviation biz in general is in for a big shock. This is what the general public is being told, of course our ‘small army’ knows the true story. In my previous notes and comments I mentioned the immediate effects of the radiation that crews and public are being hammered with. We felt those effects on 1 or 2 flights, can you freakin imagine what those crews are feeling on a long term basis ? Last year on a flight from YEG>CUN(Westjet) I brought my Soeks Defender with me and placed it on the seat tray, not to blatantly advertise the readings, but to let the people sitting in the rows near to see what was going on. Of course people tried to ignore it, then a flght attendant discreetly apporached me…”gee,that’s a neat little gizmo” she said with a wink. She knew. Gave a quick run down, wrote down a few web sites enenews etc. She was so thankful…and truly shocked. There is a huge increase in the number of ‘seats’ opening up (job vancancies). I feel it will get to a point, as it already has, where flights will be cancelled because of shortage of flight crews. Let’s not get into the fact that these crews that are getting high rads day after day are starting to show it. Do you want to be sitting in ’25C’ when they ask over the PA…”are there any pilots on this plane?”” ~PD
“Just finished listening to your interview with Alfred. I am out on medical right now for a charter airline that transports the US military. I have passed your video on to my co workers. As Alfred mentioned, the unions do not care and would totally discredit this information. Thanks” ~MH
UPDATE: from RSOE EDIS Mar 5th 2:00 pm est:
Vehicle Incident in Japan on Wednesday, 05 March, 2014 at 04:33 (04:33 AM) UTC.
At around 10:34 a.m. March 4, an F-15C assigned to Kadena Air Base made an emergency landing at the base. The windshield of the cockpit had come off the aircraft. It is not known why the windshield fell away during flight training. The aircraft took off from the base at around 9:54 a.m. A spokesperson from the Kadena Air Base said an investigation was being undertaken. At around 10:30 a.m., emergency vehicles were waiting near the runway, and an F-15C landed at the north runway without its windshield, witnesses said. After the airplane landed, mechanic crews checked its fuselage. At around 11:00, the aircraft was towed into the maintenance hangar. **According to the Okinawa Prefectural Government, there has been three accidents involving a windshield falling away from F-15C fighters and 12 cases of parts of the airplane falling away.** The Okinawa Prefectural Government and the relevant municipalities, including Kadena Town Office, will protest against the Okinawa Defense Bureau and the U.S. military authority. They will also ask that the U.S. military should take extra measures to prevent accidents.
Many thanks to Alfred Weber at Exopolitics TV for conducting this interview.