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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-18-2010, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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'They are turning the plane around'

Was flying back to ORD from New Orleans last Saturday morning after our Friday flight was canceled.

Here's the recorded flight path for our second attempt 'home'
http://flightaware.com/live/flight_t...ime=1276348380

The crew found a 'possible electrical problem' and we high-tailed back to MSY, complete with dizzying circles at high-throttle with the flaps down in an attempt to burn of fuel (to reach safe landing weight). So a Super 80 flying along with the gas and brake pedals to the floor handles about as nimbly as a car or truck would, LOL. Was the most nerve-racking commercial flight I've experienced.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-18-2010, 01:52 PM
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why didn't they just dump fuel into the gulf? its not like anyone would have noticed MORE shit floating on the surface.
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why didn't they just dump fuel into the gulf? its not like anyone would have noticed MORE shit floating on the surface.
They would have forced the plane to land and counted the # of floatation devices and then sent it back out there to dump fuel...

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why didn't they just dump fuel into the gulf? its not like anyone would have noticed MORE shit floating on the surface.
You sure your not employed by BP?

Good question i thought when they dump gas it evaporates

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why didn't they just dump fuel into the gulf? its not like anyone would have noticed MORE shit floating on the surface.
thats because it would clean the ocean of oil.


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why didn't they just dump fuel into the gulf? its not like anyone would have noticed MORE shit floating on the surface.
That's exactly what I thought when I read that. But what a waste though, to either have to circle around burning the fuel off, or just dumping it.

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So a Super 80 flying along with the gas and brake pedals to the floor handles about as nimbly as a car or truck would, LOL. Was the most nerve-racking commercial flight I've experienced.

pilots locking up the tires isn't going to slow the plane down. Just like plane on treadmill, tires have nothing to do with flying.
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Glad you guys were ok...that flight path diagram is cool though.
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pilots locking up the tires isn't going to slow the plane down. Just like plane on treadmill, tires have nothing to do with flying.
Get that ridiculous shit out of my thread.

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why didn't they just dump fuel into the gulf? its not like anyone would have noticed MORE shit floating on the surface.
MD80 can't dump fuel. If it had been a bad emergency they would have done an over weight landing, but for a precautionary landing they will burn fuel to get it below landing weight.

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^ Thanks, missed that comment earlier. We were on an MD82 and do not have systems in place to purge fuel in flight.

But that didn't stop many people on the flight from saying the same thing though. But the fact that we were circling to burn fuel eased my concerns as then I knew the pilots were in no hurry to land and the issue was (in there minds) minor.

After landing we were cleared in 15 minutes to take-off again, without deplaning. That quick turnaround told me that (1) a mechanic had identified the problem(s) and (2) it was a non-essential system or something with multiple redundant backups. The third and final attempt home was smooth.

Oh yeah, they put my girlfriend in the front bulkhead (7) and me in the ass of the plane (30), in between 3 babies front and behind. And a big 'baby' adult next to me who bitched the entire flight. Oh joy.

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