US Airways Crew Members Claim Exposure to Toxic Fumes During Flights

US Airways Crew Members Claim Exposure to Toxic Fumes During FlightsA group of 16 US Airways crew members, including three pilots, has filed a lawsuit against an airline maintenance company, claiming its negligence caused them to be exposed to toxic fumes during flights.

According to WCNC.com, the toxic substances suit states that ST Aerospace Mobile performed maintenance work on a US Airways Boeing 767 in 2008. Despite complaints about the aircraft, the plane was allowed back into service, and a faulty ventilation system caused the crew and passengers on a number of flights to be exposed to toxic fumes from leaking engine oil or hydraulic fluid, the Charlotte Observer reports.

"There were repairs that should have been made and there were checks that should have been made that were not made," the crew members' toxic substances attorney said.

He explained that his clients experienced permanent neurological and pulmonary problems as a result of the toxic exposure, and have been unable to return to work.

The attorney claims he has also been contacted by passengers on the affected flights, and further legal action may be possible, the Observer reports.