In the late '70s I was on a DC-10 flight from IIRC Rochester NY (it could have been Buffalo) to Los Angeles where we were going to make an emergency landing in Chicago. We circled over Lake Michigan and dumped fuel.Sugar Magnolia wrote: ↑Thu May 17, 2018 4:47 amWhen you have to dump fuel, where do you go? Is it just over an uninhabited area or a lake or something? I don't remember ever seeing a news report about X gallons of fuel being dumped by an airplane, but our DEQ reports if an accident causes a diesel spill on the highway. I'm guessing you would have to dump a lot more than an 18 wheeler tank can hold.GreatGrey wrote: ↑Wed May 16, 2018 10:33 pmso... I had a weekend trip to Korea. Left home Saturday night, back home Monday afternoon.
Set some records I did.
On the flight over I set the World Record for Speed Over A Commercial Air Route. Took the record away from a UPS pilot who had held it since 1996. The new record is Anchorage to Seoul, 7 hours 43 minutes.
And then on the return flight we had a ‘technical problem’ that required an immediate return to the airport, no time to go off somewhere and dump fuel. So on that one I set a personal record for the heaviest I’ve ever landed a plane, 814,200 pounds.
Just a weekend outing.
At the same time, the crew was in contact with McDonnell Douglas and they managed to resolve the problem, so they decided to continue to Los Angeles. But based on the route we took for the last hour or two, we were a bit low on fuel by then.