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Old 10th Feb 2015, 21:18
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Eleven planes forced to make Mayday landings at British airports last year because they were running out of fuel

Of those, 11 planes were forced to issue a Mayday call to land due to fuel

One airline operator is responsible for 35 of the 111 reports - almost a third

Eleven passenger planes were forced to make Mayday calls to land at UK airports last year because they were running low on fuel, it has emerged.
New figures reveal that a total of 11 planes had to radio an emergency call to schedule an earlier landing because fuel supplies on the aircraft were so low.
A further 100 passenger jets were also caught 'flying on empty', but they didn't have to make Mayday calls, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) figures show.
It means a total of 111 planes ended up running low on fuel during flights in 2014 - almost double the 58 British-registered planes which recorded low fuel levels in 2013.



New figures show that a total of 111 commercial planes were caught flying low on fuel in UK airspace last year, with 11 of those planes being forced to issue a Mayday call to land because of low fuel levels (file picture)

However, in comparison, the number of Mayday calls issued because of low fuel last year was two fewer than the 13 made in 2013.

One operator, which the CAA did not name, was responsible for 35 of the 111 reports of low fuel in 2014 - which equates to almost a third.

Another carrier was responsible for 12 incidents, while another was accountable for 10. A total of 36 operators were deemed responsible for the entire 111 incidents.
London's Heathrow Airport experienced the highest number of reports of low fuel incidents in 2014, the figures show.

A total of 19 commercial planes, of mixed nationality, were found to be flying low on fuel as they approached the west London airport.

In comparison, there were 13 planes recorded at London Gatwick, four planes at London Stansted, and three at both Manchester and Edinburgh.

Planes in UK airspace are required to have enough fuel to complete their journey, have enough to reach another airport in case of a diversion, circle an airport for 30 minutes if necessary and still have a final emergency reserve, which is equivalent to five per cent of the plane's original upload of fuel.


All UK operators have a legal obligation to report safety issues and a low fuel declaration falls within that scope, meaning all carriers are forced to declare when an aircraft's fuel has not met the requirement.
Some airlines have allegedly been cutting the amount of fuel they carry to make the aircraft lighter and save money. Others suffer fuel shortages during extreme weather when flight patterns are disrupted or aircraft are unable to land because of adverse conditions.

A spokesman for the UK Civil Aviation Authority told MailOnline: 'European airlines have a legal responsibility to carry a set minimum level of fuel, enough for the aircraft to carry out its planned journey and cope with any potential issues during the flight.
'However, in very rare circumstances, for example extreme weather, an aircraft may burn fuel faster than calculated. In most cases the aircraft simply lands with less fuel than expected.
'Occasionally, however, the flight crew decide to request a priority landing as they approach an airport in order to maintain its final contingency reserve fuel.
'Airlines and air traffic controllers have well practiced standard operating procedures in place to deal with these situations.'

One operator, which the CAA did not name, was responsible for 35 of the 111 reports of low fuel. London's Heathrow Airport (pictured) experienced the highest number of reports of low fuel incidents, with a total of 19

Pilots' union Balpa described the rising number of low fuel incidents as a 'matter of concern' and said pressure to remain competitive and keep fuel costs down must never compromise passenger safety.
A spokesman said: 'Aircraft flying on low fuel not only put that aircraft potentially at risk, but also impact on the wider operation.

'Handling an aircraft on low-fuel means that other aircraft may have to hold longer to give appropriate priority to the emergency aircraft resulting in a possible "avalanche effect".
'It is natural, in such a competitive industry, for airlines to look to carry as little fuel as they can in order to save weight and save money. But that commercial pressure must never be at the expense of ensuring a safe flight.

'The CAA's approach to safety - that of "Safety Management Systems" - is to allow airlines to make their own judgement calls on safety matters and to monitor the result.
'Therefore we hope that the regulator has picked up the fact that one company has been responsible for 30 per cent of the low fuel incidents recorded and has reacted appropriately.'
The CAA confirmed that passengers were not in danger in any of the 111 recorded fuel incidents and said there was 'no safety risk to passengers'.

In 2012, budget airline Ryanair was ordered to 'review' the amount of fuel it carries after three of its planes - including one from the UK - were forced to make 'Mayday' emergency landings in Spain when they started to run out of fuel.
The airline was operating with a level of fuel that was 'close to the minimum' required in the case of a diversion, watchdogs said.

Three Ryanair Boeing 737-800 aircraft heading to Madrid were forced to make emergency landings after being diverted to Valencia because of thunderstorms over the Spanish capital.
At the time, the Irish Aviation Authority Report recommended Ryanair 'reviews its fuel policy and considers issuing guidance to crew with respect to fuel when operating into busy airports with mixed aircraft operators and types, particularly in poor weather conditions when diversions are likely.'
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Old 10th Feb 2015, 22:36
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Planes in UK airspace are required to have enough fuel to complete their journey, have enough to reach another airport in case of a diversion, circle an airport for 30 minutes if necessary and still have a final emergency reserve, which is equivalent to five per cent of the plane's original upload of fuel
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Old 11th Feb 2015, 09:22
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Ryan non vola su Heatrow, Easyjet neppure, chi diavolo sarà allora che ha collezionato 35 mayday su 111 ?

P.S. non per malafede ma è chiaro che uno pensa subito alle low cost piu blasonate e più presenti su Londra...

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Old 11th Feb 2015, 10:35
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Nulla di nuovo, articolo inutile, mancano tutti i dettagli più importanti, dichiarare mayday per il carburante non significa nulla se non sappiamo quanto carburante era stato imbarcato e il motivo per cui ne sono rimasti a corto. Inoltre trovo l'articolo palesemente fazioso e fuorviante. Nel lettore poco pratico o al di fuori delle dinamiche aeronautiche genera l'idea che sia solo colpa delle compagnie aeree un mayday per low fuel, come se weather, atc, e a volte anche insulse procedure non avessero la loro parte di corresponsabilità.

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Old 11th Feb 2015, 11:54
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Ryan non vola su Heatrow, Easyjet neppure, chi diavolo sarà allora che ha collezionato 35 mayday su 111 ?
I 111 eventi si riferiscono allo spazio aereo britannico, non a Heathrow (che ne ha comunque collezionati 19)
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