Interesting United 928 channel 9 conversation

Date:         21 Mar 98 16:31:25 
From: (Mike)
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I flew back from ORD to LHR on 17 March (B777) and was listening to
the channel 9 conversations.

There were general delays at ORD on Tuesday so we were half hour late
to begin with when the Captain told us (not channel 9) that we were
all ready to go but we were being held by maintenance because they say
"we have loaded to much oil" into the number two engine. This was
17.55 after about ten minutes on channel 9 the captain contacted
maintence in SFO and asked what was going on:

Maintenance  "we are scheduled to have a decision for you at 19.00".

Captain "excuse me, we have to wait 43 minutes for you to decide if we
have too much oil".

 Maintenance "yep".

 Captain " how can this be? all our instruments here show everything
is fine and dandy yet your documents show it isn't and it is going to
take 45 minutes to decide who is correct?"

Maintenance: "it isn't a matter of too much oil being loaded at this
time, it is that the amount of oil that has been loaded  on number two
engine recently has triggered an alert here at maintenance that
suggests that the engine mght be leaking oil"

Anyway what happened after was that the engine had to be started and a
leak test done...which was negative I guess the engine just
likes oil. But the crew of the aircraft were totally unaware that
maintenance carried out these checks or indeed that they were capable
of it.

We left at 19.30 and the engine didn't fail over the pond...;-)