Exit Tax

by jay @, Wednesday, January 08, 2020, 19:44 (214 days ago) @ frostbite

Other possibilities: the crew didn't order fuel, or they ordered, but it wasn't delivered and they didn't check fuel level before departure. Enroute they noticed the inadequate level and made an unplanned stop to get more.

Yeah, but that seems highly unlikely. Pilots are obsessive about fuel loads, and cockpit culture nowadays means that everything is crosschecked between themselves and check lists. A big part of their preflight preparation is in calculating fuel loads. And, in any case, a pilot making such an egregious error not only wouldn't be allowed to continue his flight but would be out of work by lunchtime. Things like that just don't happen.

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