1. SR1419

    SR1419 Senior Member

    An blog post on SFGate claims that 757s cannot dump fuel...and thus a plane from SFO bound for Hawaii that developed mechanical problems shortly after take off had to fly around for 4hrs before being able to land.

    Is the claim correct?

    http://blog.sfgate.com/cmcginnis/2017/02/14/uniteds-4-hour-flight-to-nowhere/



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  2. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Yes.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_dumping
     
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  3. SR1419

    SR1419 Senior Member

    (Didnt even think to look at WP- thanks)
     
  4. Gridlock

    Gridlock Active Member

    So what's with the burn-off? Simply preferable to land light due to the issue, or protocols, or..?
     
  5. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    It really didn't look like it was in the air for every long, maybe had to burn off a very small percentage, or might even have simply been holding - either testing or waiting to be slotted back
     
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  6. SR1419

    SR1419 Senior Member

    Per the article, it was in the air for 4hrs.
     
  7. Gridlock

    Gridlock Active Member

    SFO hangs over the water one end doesn't it, maybe the runway length played a part too.
     
  8. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

    4 hrs from gate to gate, including taxing ~46 min:
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