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Thread: 50 Tons of Fuel Dumped over Zurich - Edelweiss Flight 24

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    Post 50 Tons of Fuel Dumped over Zurich - Edelweiss Flight 24

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    ZURICH, Switzerland - On Wednesday, 1 January 2020, an Edelweiss Air Airbus A340-300 Flight 24 from Zurich to Cancun was climbing out of Zurich's runway 16 when the crew stopped the climb due to an abnormal indication for engine number 3 - which later turned out to be a false indication. The crew shut the engine down, dumped 50 tons of fuel, and returned to Zurich for a safe landing on runway 16. The aircraft remained on the ground for another 1.5 hours, then departed again and reached Cancun with a delay of about 3.5 hours.

    What happens when you dump 50 tons of fuel only 12,000 feet above Zurich?
    Last edited by okgood; 01-03-2020 at 05:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okgood View Post
    What happens when you dump 50 tons of fuel only 12,000 feet above Zurich?
    It vaporizes. 12000ft is actually pretty high. Minimum fuel dumping altitude is usually between 4000-5000ft AGL, and in Europe 6000ft AGL is usually the minimum altitude.

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    Btw, I'm pretty sure that they didn't dump the fuel overhead the city of Zurich.

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    Obvisouly it has been done over middle of Switzerland and less populated areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leuen View Post
    Obvisouly it has been done over middle of Switzerland and less populated areas.
    Less populated area? Bern is the capital of Switzerland and has over 1 million inhabitants.
    Last edited by pzl 104; 01-04-2020 at 08:58 AM.

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    And what about the Jura Alps and the Region of Emmental?

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    Bern and Bienne are quite populated. Slightly less dense than Zurich, but still.

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    50 tons is a massive amount of fuel. Pretty crazy.
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    If they departed at MTOW they were most likely still at or even above MLW after dumping. Nothing crazy about it.

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    No prob for a switz with chocolate on board: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEf35NtlBLg

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