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Re: [SLE] Warning to Americans!
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 20:57:57 -0400
  • Message-id: <44540B95.20204@xxxxxxxxxx>
Peter B Van Campen wrote:

> I have friend that was a long-haul trans pacific 747-400 captain. Fun
> fact: the 747-400 has fuel tanks in the horizontal stabilizer (tail)
> that hold 10,000 pounds of Jet-A. Modern jets have computerizd fuel
> systems that talk to the 're-fueler' system; it tells the refueler how
> much fuel to deliver and it sorts it out into the many onboard tanks as
> determined by the Flight Eng or Co-Pilot. What amazes me about these
> fuel-starvation incidents is that the personel don't see them coming in
> time to make a 'powered' landing!

There was one flight, that was pretty much running on fumes when it
reached the Azores. A wrong part caused a fuel leak in an engine and
then crew error sent most of the remaining fuel into the bad engine,
where it quickly disappeared.

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