Film screening in Norwich to focus on concerns over air quality in planes
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A former pilot is hoping to raise awareness about the risks of contaminated air inside planes through a film screening this weekend.
John Hoyte has been campaigning for the past 10 years to prove that he and many others have been poisoned by cabin air quality on flights.
He has now organised for a documentary to be shown at Cinema City in Norwich on Sunday, exploring what is known as aerotoxic syndrome.
The 60-year-old, from Bracondale, Norwich, will also be speaking about his own experience with the illness.
He said: 'I've asked for the documentary to be shown because on Sunday I will have known about what nearly killed me for 10 years.
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'It is absolutely critical that it [the condition] is recognised.'
Aerotoxic syndrome is said to be caused by exposure to toxic oil fumes in the confined cabins of all jet airliners, with the exception of the Boeing 787.
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Mr Hoyte – a former British Airways training captain – claims he suffered serious health problems because of it and had to quit his job.
The two-hour long film, called Unfiltered Breathed In – The Truth About Aerotoxic Syndrome explores the facts behind the condition. It focuses on the death of former British Airways pilot Richard Westgate, who died, aged 43, in 2012.
During his ongoing inquest, the coroner wrote to BA and theCivil Aviation Authority outlining his concerns about exposure to fumes circulating in aircraft.
Mr Hoyte added: 'The issue has already gone to court [in the US] and that is highly significant. There are so many people who have been affected by it and it is not unreasonable to want justice.'
At the end of the screening, he is to read an open letter he has sent to the Queen expressing his concerns. He has spent £200,000 of his own money attempting to raise awareness of the issue since 2006.
The film, by German filmmaker and journalist Tim van Beveren, starts at 3pm at Cinema City. Tickets costs £12 and can be purchased from ww.aerotoxic.org.
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