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Major Fuel Leak before Take Off at Geneva

Old 6th Nov 2006, 23:12
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Do the crew get informed by the software that there is venting going on?

Or was their first knowledge of it by RT from Tower?
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Old 7th Nov 2006, 08:01
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The pilots did report some technical problems on the TWR frequency and asked to taxi back to the stand to have it fixed. This is the reason for the "abnormal" position of the acft on the pics. The PIC did a 180° (not a 360°! mon cher Fbrigade) in the holding bay in order to return to the main apron. But the tower wouldn't let them. I saw pics shot from the tower - unfortunately in such a bad quality that it is not worth showing them here - that are far more impressive. So they asked them to stop and shut down the engines immediately.
So on the flightdeck they must have been aware of something unusual going on...
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Old 7th Nov 2006, 09:53
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Foam is made from a mixture of protein and water, I believe. It is a bit smelly, like spoilt meat, but not especially corrosive as far as I know.

The corrosive stuff is the dry powder extinguishant. That makes metal turn into a furry mess, plus it's abrasive. Spray that into an engine and it would need an overhaul for sure.
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Old 7th Nov 2006, 12:24
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Can the outboard part of the wing be seen from the cockpit?? If so then why was the fuel leak not pick up during the pre t/o checks?

In my day we used to confirm the leading edge flap deployment from the selection, instrumentation and visually. Is this not done anymore.

Just a thought.
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Old 7th Nov 2006, 13:18
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Plenty of fully justified praise for fire service response on this thread, how about the response on this one however
Makes you worry just a little bit
The good news is amazingly nobody was killed
Be lucky

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Old 8th Nov 2006, 10:18
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Wingtip is visible from thle flight deck on 320, but only the formost part. So the leak would not be detectable visually by pilots.

Centre tank pumps turn off 2 minutes after start-up to achieve engine fuel feed segregation for departure (regulatory requirement).

(the un-real)
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