Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17382 posts, RR: 66
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4800 times:
No airliner accident is ever "solely" due to one thing, though the Tuninter flight 1153 that you mention is close. The flight and ground crew mismanaged fueling. Fuel systems in airliners are, if not unreliable, at least subject to frequent manual checking of the actual tanks for good reason.
The emergency might also have been handled a bit differently but this is debatable. If they had feathered the props immediately there was a chance of reaching Palermo or at least ditching close by.
With that caveat, a few notorious incidents follow.
- Air Canada flight 143, AKA "The Gimli Glider". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimli_Glider. Mainly caused by miscalculation due to confusion between US units (not quite Imperial) and metric units.
- Air Transat flight 236. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Transat_Flight_236. Fuel leak due to wrong part fitted was mismanaged by the crew.
- United Airlines flight 173. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Airlines_Flight_173. Fuel starvation due to focusing on a problem and continuing to hold.
- Avianca flight 52. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avianca_Flight_52 Failed to declare a fuel emergency while approaching JFK and crashed due to fuel starvation.
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rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4715 times:
The AOPA - Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association - in the United States - continually warns members of the dangers of putting the wrong fuel in the tanks.
Over the years there have been many accidents involving GA aircraft where Avgas was put in turbine aircraft, and jet fuel put in the tanks of piston aircraft.
I seem to remember a couple commercial passenger aircraft crashes due to wrong fuel. Back in the 50s when piston and turbine powered commercial aircraft were refueled on the same ramp - the wrong fuel happened too often.
7BOEING7 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 2108 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4595 times:
In 1971 a U S Navy P-3A Orion crashed/ditched into Subic Bay shortly after takeoff from Cubi Point NAS in the Phillipines when all four engines overheated because a dry cleaning solvent rather than methanol alcohol was put in the ADI tank (water-methanol injection system).
UAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2153 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3856 times:
Let's not forget ALM 980. The aircraft was a DC-9 which was being flown JFK-SXM, which really pushed the range of the aircraft to the outer envelope. Through a series of events, the aircraft ended up ditching when it ran out of fuel. A good book was written about the accident a few years ago called "35 Miles from Shore."