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Wed Jun 14, 2017, 05:57 PM

This is the ONE thing you don't want to see before cross-Atlantic flight



NEWARK -- United Airlines cancelled a flight out of Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday night after fuel gushed from one of the plane's wings as it taxied to the runway.

A video shot by a passenger shows fuel spilling onto the runway from the edge of the left wing.

Flight 170 was scheduled to depart for Venice, Italy at 6:55 p.m, but was forced to return to the gate.

Passengers were put in a hotel and United will attempt to re-book them on a flight Wednesday, United said in a statement. United described the incident as a "fuel leak," but didn't mention where the leak originated.

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Reply This is the ONE thing you don't want to see before cross-Atlantic flight (Original post)
n2doc Jun 2017 OP
dalton99a Jun 2017 #1
still_one Jun 2017 #2
rurallib Jun 2017 #3
Maeve Jun 2017 #4
mn9driver Jun 2017 #5
onethatcares Jun 2017 #6
mn9driver Jun 2017 #10
ecstatic Jun 2017 #7
luvMIdog Jun 2017 #8
CaptainTruth Jun 2017 #9

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jun 14, 2017, 05:59 PM

1. Just a small leak

If one looks hard enough, there is seepage

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jun 14, 2017, 05:59 PM

2. actually, BEFORE is when you want to see it, if it is going to happen, when they can do something

about it


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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jun 14, 2017, 06:03 PM

3. gratuitous Twilight Zone pic: Nightmare at 20,000 feet

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Response to rurallib (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 14, 2017, 06:05 PM

4. Gratuitous, perhaps, but some had to do it

For those of us thinking it!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jun 14, 2017, 06:06 PM

5. This is a tank vent leak.

They're not that uncommon and are usually the result of an overfilled tank or a check valve failure. In this case it looks like a check valve failed.

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Response to mn9driver (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 14, 2017, 06:18 PM

6. is it better to find out now?

or then?

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 14, 2017, 07:59 PM

10. On the ground is always better :)

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jun 14, 2017, 06:24 PM

7. So who alerted the pilots? The passenger? A random airport employee? Or is

there an alert that goes off when that happens?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jun 14, 2017, 06:33 PM

8. I've flown quite a bit & seeing that would scare me because I don't know what makes planes work ;)

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jun 14, 2017, 06:42 PM

9. I was supposed to fly out of Newark last night for Milan, this explains why ...

... there were so many people at the United service desk asking if I was trying to get to Venice too. I didn't know this had happened.

I missed my connection to Milan (my first flight was delayed 2 hours due to weather) but I managed to get on a Lufthansa flight to Milan via Munich ... but that plane got a flat tire on the way to the runway & we left Newark 5 hours late. So, I got to spend a few more hours in Munich today waiting for a new connecting flight, & finally got to Milan this evening ... A full 12 hours after I was originally supposed to be here.

Traveling is fun! #Sarcasm

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