Re: A320 comments

From:         rdd@netcom.com (Robert Dorsett)
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Date:         13 Oct 95 01:30:24 
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In article <airliners.1995.1595@ohare.Chicago.COM> rrea@caedm.et.byu.edu (Richard N. Rea) writes:
>For an emergency landing, is it ever desireable to dump excess fuel to reduce
>the possibility or extent of a fire?  Would it make a difference or is fuel
>dumping only for reducing the landing weight?

There are two schools of thought.  One is that an airplane full of fuel
is full of combustible material, which can catch fire.  The other is that
an airplane which has no fuel is full of fuel vapors, which can explode.

These days, the general preference is to go with the vapors.

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