Emirates Airbus A380 Emergency landing and Fuel dumping




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Published on Jan 8, 2016

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Here we are onboard Emirates Airbus A380 (A6-EDT) flight number EK5 on January from Dubai to London on 5th 2016. Something unusual happened (normal procedure during certain difficulties) where our plane had a technical gear issue and we had to dump Fuel for few hours and after circling around for 4 hours we diverted back to Dubai, we landed safely and stayed 1 extra night in Dubai and the next day 6th January we took of again on different plane back to London LHR.

Fuel dumping is a procedure used by aircraft in certain emergency situations before a return to the airport shortly after takeoff, or before landing short of its intended destination (emergency landing) to reduce the aircraft's weight. Aircraft have two major types of weight limits: the maximum takeoff weight and the maximum structural landing weight, with the maximum structural landing weight almost always being the lower of the two. This allows an aircraft on a normal, routine flight to take off at the higher weight, consume fuel en route, and arrive at a lower weight. There are other variables involving takeoff and landing weights, but they are omitted from this article for the sake of simplicity.

It is the abnormal, non-routine flight where landing weight can be a problem. If a flight takes off at the maximum takeoff weight and then faces a situation where it must return to the departure airport (due to certain mechanical problems, or a passenger medical problem for instance), there will NOT BE TIME to consume the fuel meant for getting to the original destination, and the aircraft may exceed the maximum landing weight to land at the departure point. If an aircraft lands at more than its maximum allowable weight it might SUFFER structural damage, or even break apart on landing. At the very least, an overweight landing would require a thorough inspection for damage.
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