Re: Fuel Dump Question

Date:         03 Nov 98 02:05:39 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
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>Is the dumping of fuel something which is done in circumstances
>which are not actual emergencies and which require the plane to
>abide by congested airport queing and waiting (thus requirememt to
>stay in air 45 minutes) or is fuel dump done only in circumstances
>requiring immediate landing ...

Several years ago, a Virgin 747 departing SFO for LHR ingested some
birds after takeoff and lost an engine.  The most sensible thing for
them to do in that case was to return to SFO.  They had to dump fuel
to get down to MLW but a 747 can fly reasonably well on only three
engines, so there was no emergency.  Once they got down to an acceptable
landing weight they presumably entered the approach pattern and landed
pretty much like any other flight.

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