The Sunday Express this weekend sported an eye-catching 'exclusive' for anybody who is afraid of flying:
"PASSENGER jets risk "dropping out of the sky" because airlines refuse to fit detectors that could save pilots from poisonous cabin air, a toxicologist told the Sunday Express.
"Professor Chris van Netten, former US government adviser, says the industry is putting profits before the health and safety of passengers or crew."
But this exclusive news wasn't really very exclusive.
Here's CNN in 2010:
"Could the air on board your next flight be toxic? Cabin ventilation air comes through the engine. So, if there's an oil leak, engine oil mist – containing neurotoxins – can seep into the aircraft. Though relatively rare, it has happened on commercial flights, triggering neurological symptoms like severe headaches, tremors, and dizziness in crew members and passengers."
"Toxicologist Chris van Netten of the University of British Columbia..."
So this "exclusive" story is at least three years old.
But here is Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet back in 2006 quoting Chris van Netten again:
"Recently, Chris van Netten, Professor of Toxicology at the University of British Columbia in Canada, has made discoveries that reinforce suspicions that several thousand pilots and cabin crew throughout the world have incurred permanent neurological damage as a result of toxic gasses penetrating into the cabin air in connection with oil leaks in aircraft engines.
"Van Netten has now raised the alarm...
Seven years on its seems the Sunday Express has heard that alarm.
It's unclear how many planes have "fallen out of the sky" in the intervening seven years.