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Why did the diverted Rome - Chicago flight dump its fuel? [duplicate]

Having just read this story about a plane which was diverted to Belfast following a passenger's abusive and threatening behaviour, I was wondering why the plane had to dump its fuel (as explained in ...
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How is fuel dumping safe?

The answers to this this question make it clear how modern airliners dump fuel in the case of an emergency. As far as I understand, fuel dumping might be done to lower an aircraft's weight to the ...
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Do airplanes dump fuel before landing?

Presumably planes aren't completely empty of fuel when the land, so they don't start refueling from zero, is that right? Is it true that they must dump excess fuel before they land? How much? ...
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How is fuel dumped in aircraft?

I have heard incidents in which commercial aircraft are required to dump fuel in event of an emergency to avoid landing over maximum landing weight. What systems do aircraft have in place to dump fuel?...
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Why doesn't the 737 have a fuel dump nozzle?

I was watching a documentary on aircraft incidents which mentioned that the 737 does not have the facility to dump fuel. Instead they're required to fly in circles to burn off excess fuel in an ...
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What exactly is a QRH?

In this question about aircraft dumping fuel I was told that there may possible be guidance in the QRH. I know that there are a lot of guidelines given to pilots, but I've never heard of this one. ...
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Can small airplanes dump fuel during flight?

Can small airplanes, such as a Cessna 172, dump fuel during flight? My understanding is that large commercial passenger aircraft often have the capability to dump fuel during flight, as can many ...
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Is it possible to recover dumped fuel?

During emergencies pilots are authorised to dump fuel, but is there any way or method to recover the fuel that has been jettisoned?
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Why isn't dumped fuel burned?

Fuel dumping seems to have a lot of restrictions, like the need to do it above a certain altitude and over water. It also has to end up somewhere, even if it vaporizes, which is less than desirable. ...
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What is this tube-like thing protruding from under an A330's wing?

I took a flight for a business travel and I saw something new for me on the wing. I highlighted that part in a red circle in the picture below. The aircraft is an Airbus A330-200. What is it and its ...
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What is the minimum altitude for dumping fuel?

In this question, a comment mentioned that if a 4-engine airliner suffers a 3-engine failure shortly after takeoff, the only way to stay aloft may be to dump fuel. What is the minimum altitude which ...
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If, one day, we have an electric airplane, will it be easier to control than a fuelled airplane?

Elon Musk said that Tesla will make battery which can last for million miles. So probably in the next few years there will be a (small) airplane powered by an electric motor rather than by fuel. If ...