Date: 17 Mar 99 01:24:46 From: email@example.com (KBFRANCIS) Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com References: 1 Followups: 1
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While I do not consider myself an expert on the Concorde, it would be possible that fuel was dumped. My references quote the maximum takeoff weight of 408,000 lbs. Max landing weight is around 245,000 lbs. If they did leave JFK at max t.o. weight, they would have had to get rid of that fuel one way or another to get down to around max landing weight. I don't know the typical weights that the Concorde operates of of JFK at, but assuming they left JFK at max weight and the problem they encountered was not critical, they probably took the time to lose the fuel. Whether or not it is a major safety risk is a matter of opinion. While aircraft can land over the max landing weight, it will lead to time consuming maintenace inspections which the airline would like to avoid.