- Apr 10, 2007
- Fresno, California
. . .nothing like the smell of jet fuel in the morning . . .
Has anyone actually reported on the reason the fuel was dumped? Pilot error? Bogus instrument indication? To prevent the plane from crashing?
I’ve only heard them describe the problem described as an engine issue. That can be any number of things, a faulty sender/indicator, temp out of range, rpm variations, etc. most likely not a dangerous situation, but enough of an unknown to prompt a return to base rather than heading off in an ocean crossing flight. At that point, the options were to dump fuel to get to a safe landing weight, or hold the passengers hostage for many hours burning fuel while circling Los Angeles. The only real issue here is why they dumped over the city at low altitude instead of over the bay, and that might have been a crew misstep or a result ATC vectoring. I can only assume that there might have been some urgency to the situation which prompted them to dump while being vectored for approach to landing.Has anyone actually reported on the reason the fuel was dumped? Pilot error? Bogus instrument indication? To prevent the plane from crashing?