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User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3901 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3047 times:
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I was reading this recent post on avHerald: http://www.avherald.com/h?article=4555e531

I'll admit I am not well versed in fuel regulations, but if BA had to declare mayday after holding for 20 minutes, wouldn't they already be using reserve fuel (or just about to) when reaching EZE? If so, shouldn't they have declared minimum fuel and/or diverted immediately instead of entering a hold?

Obviously, I don't know what their alternate was, but even if we assume it was much closer to EZE than COR is, even after holding 20 minutes, shouldn't they have had enough fuel to head to COR too?

Just trying to understand...


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User currently offlineJetlagged From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 2541 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

My understanding of this is that they held until they got down to their reserve fuel limit. Once below that they no longer have the fuel to divert safely, so they had to land at EZE. Hence the call. When they started holding they would have been above reserve fuel.

However I thought the rule was to divert once fuel gets down to reserve level. Perhaps their alternate was in an even worse weather state. Another flight did elect to divert after holding for 35 minutes but then cancelled that presumably as the weather in EZE improved.

[Edited 2012-09-04 13:39:23]


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User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3901 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3017 times:
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Quoting Jetlagged (Reply 1):
However I thought the rule was to divert once fuel gets down to reserve level. Perhaps their alternate was in an even worse weather state. Another flight did elect to divert after holding for 35 minutes but then cancelled that presumably as the weather in EZE improved.

My understanding re reserve fuel is the same. As far as the other flight, avHerald does mention AA997 holding for 35 minutes then deciding to divert (right around the time BA was landing) and cancelling 15 minutes later, not because of improved weather, but because of emergency (no details provided). 15 minutes after AA declared, EZE resumed normal traffic thanks to improved weather conditions.



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User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2985 times:

I suppose it could be possible that they simply missed the point when they would have enough fuel to leave hold, fly one approach, go around and divert?


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