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Old 3rd Dec 2016, 03:04
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jugofpropwash
 
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Originally Posted by Chronus View Post
It is now clear that the aircraft simply run out of fuel, as others have from time to time. So the issue now must be how could this been allowed to happen.
The answer is to be found in Pseudo Pro`s post No.329 above, not bad for his first posting on PPRuNe. It represents damning evidence, the fact that EET and Endurance was questioned, but nothing was done about it. It is inevitable that some very serious further questions will follow. Such as given the glaring shortcomings of such a FP, why was it not rejected. In accepting the FP what sort of responsibility is shared by the air traffic service provider. Should they have been more insistent, should they have rejected it unless it demonstrated compliance with safety requirements. How can it be denied that the purpose of greater endurance than time en route is for no more than safety.
It would seem somebody was leaning on the dispatcher and he in turn was leaning on the hapless Ms. Monasterio.
It would appear the die was cast on the night of 21st November, seven days before the crash when the clock started ticking at 20:40
Assuming the reports are true that this was not the first time they'd flown this route (in one direction or the other) without refueling, it would suggest that this isn't the first time they filed a flight plan with no reserve fuel. Once might be an oversight, but if it was done repeatedly, someone knew it and apparently did nothing about it.
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