Smoke/fumes in the cockpit

Aviat Space Environ Med. 1983 Aug;54(8):738-40.


During the period 1970-80, there were reported in USAF 89 incidents of smoke/fumes in the cockpit during flight. The origin of the fumes in most cases was organic petroleum derivatives, which caused a multitude of symptoms including CNS dysfunction and mucous membrane irritation. Flight surgeons should be well-read in aerospace toxicology because of the threat to flying safety posed by the many fluids and substances necessary for the operation of today's modern aircraft.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Aviation
  • Aerospace Medicine
  • Central Nervous System Diseases / chemically induced
  • Humans
  • Hydrocarbons / adverse effects*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Smoke / adverse effects*
  • United States


  • Hydrocarbons
  • Smoke