The one thing that intrigues me about this article is inconsistency in the story. I don't mean to be picky or anything, but the story is filled with holes.
The "miracle" landing by the charter jet bound from Toronto to Lisbon left 50 passengers injured. Passengers were screaming as the Air Transat plane hit the runway, bursting its tyres and spilling fuel.
-> This clearly indicates that fuel remained in the tanks...
The plane had glided for 18 minutes after losing engine power
-> Wouldn't this denote some sort of engine failure?
... the Airbus A330 ... begun leaking fuel about 65 miles off Terciera Island
-> All other reports that I've read indicated a loss of fuel and that the tanks were dry.
If the tanks were dry, then how would this a/c "spill fuel" on landing, moreover, if there was fuel in the tanks then why would there be an engine failure? Could this indicate some other problem with fuel lines or the fuel feed to the engines?
I'd be interested to know how much fuel remained onboard after the landing.
BTW: "If it's not Boeing, I'm not going".....
An Air Canada 767 completely ran dry of fuel on a flight from Montreal to Vancouver and the pilot glided the aircraft to an unused airfield near Gimli, Manitoba (north of Winnipeg - which is half way between the departure and destination). The aircraft thus became known as the "Gimli Glider" (C-GAUN). You'll find photos here on Airliners.net ... more info on that at: