Date: 20 Nov 97 02:53:40 From: Andrew Cruickshank <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: OpenKast References: 1 2 Followups: 1 2
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Pete Mellor wrote: > > Karl wrote on Sun Nov 16 05:16:17 1997: > > Several attempts were made to jar the > > gear loose, to no avail. With fuel running low, the aircraft finally > > landed on the foamed south runway (27L, I assume) with only about 15 > > minutes of fuel remaining, ... > > All of the news reports I have seen stated that (in addition > to trying to force the gear down with positive g), the pilots > circled for 40 minutes to burn off excess fuel before attempting > the crash landing. (Since the A340 has the capability to dump > fuel, unlike the A320, this puzzled me a bit.) There would be a lot of ATC work involved in sorting out air traffic - they would have to presumably allow for closure of both runways. Dumping fuel takes a while anyway. The crew might want the time to consult with their airline's technical staff and also prepare themselves. Why rush? There seemed to be a huge delay in getting the runway cleared afterwards - about 24 hours before the aircraft was finally moved. The impact on schedules - especially European and domestic was terrible. I was surprised that the A340 wasn't moved off the runway and everything cleared up before the next morning. --------------------- Andrew.