Re: Virgin Atlantic A340 Undercarriage incident

Date:         25 Nov 97 03:26:10 
From:         trevfenn <trevfenn*NOSPAM*@erols.com>
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Jon Krocker wrote:

> In article <airliners.1997.2639@ohare.Chicago.COM>, trevfenn
> <trevfenn@erols.com> wrote:
>
> >Not all that puzzling really, If they dumped fuel there would have been
> >an outcry from the uninformed public about the plane pouring fuel all over
> >their houses or whatever. Burning it instead of dumping it achieves the
> >same result without feeding a media frenzy.
>
> The fuel is vaporized as it leaves the dump tube and by the time it hits
> the ground it is spread out over such a vast area that it is virtually
> undetectable.

Yes, Quite correct. As a pilot myself I am aware that any fuel dumped at around
6000 feet or more will not have an impact on the ground below. Try convincing
the public of that fact though.

Trevor Fenn
trevfenn@erols.com