BAE 146 regional jets
are back in the news, after a member of the British parliament
suggested the defense company had a secret deal between British
Aerospace Regional Aircraft, East West Airlines, and Ansett
Transport Industries, according to the London Daily Mail.
Lord Tyler claimed a document leaked to him, signed in 1993,
shows BAE paid the airlines $674,000 to not reveal the aircraft
leaked toxic fumes into the passenger cabin.
Claims the carriers were paid to be quiet over alleged design
flaws that led to cabin contamination in the BAE 146 jets, also
used on flights by the Queen of England, are being debated in the
British House of Lords.
A British government spokesman says that there was no evidence
to suggest that there was a major problem, but the Mail says, the
allegations are an embarrassment to BAE.
One BAE official said, "We are not prepared to comment on any
document that has been obtained illegally, and/or in breach of