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
11 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
9 years ago
Yes, as mentioned it is due to an APU shutdown. I see my company's 330s do it.
Anonymous
7 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
6 years ago
Zoom Airlines plane: "Pee yew!!!" KLM plane: "Who did that?!?"
A340: "Um, wasn't me!"

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