Aviation Photo #0684305 Airbus A340-313 - Cathay Pacific Airways

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Standing behind these jets that are starting up, I am washed with slight blasts and blown with smell of jet fuel but suddenly the CX A340 decided to 'fart'. A puff of smoke is discharged from its APU, I wonder what causes that?
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    Vancouver - International
    British Columbia
    Canada
    October 3, 2004
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Anonymous
12 years ago
APU startup I guess is what makes the smoke.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I'd say APU shutdown.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Sometimes, planes have to pass gas.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Yes, as mentioned it is due to an APU shutdown. I see my company's 330s do it.
Anonymous
8 years ago
This is the apu shutdown routino, where the unburnt fuel in the lines is discharged to theair to avoid hot starts by the ecology drain valve
Anonymous
7 years ago
Zoom Airlines plane: "Pee yew!!!" KLM plane: "Who did that?!?"
A340: "Um, wasn't me!"

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