Aviation Photo #1666904 Boeing 747-406 - KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines

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Apparent fuel dump approximately 15 minutes after departing SFO. The flight continued on as normal.
114   Scotland, United Kingdom
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    Alasdair Mulhern
    KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines
    Boeing 747-406
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
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    23999
    725
    PH-BFA
    FA-001
    In Flight
    California
    USA
    April 30, 2008
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Photo Added: March 16, 2010

Comments (6)

Anonymous
9 years ago
Great capture! If you take a closer look the fuel does NOT come from the fuel dump nozzle but from the fuel vent on the outside underwing surface. That happens when the surge tank is full and most propably you had some turbulence forcing the fuel to flow overboard. If that happens during refueling the overfill protection is not working and maintenance then has to empty the surge tank which can carry about 300kg of fuel until spilling the ramp!
Anonymous
9 years ago
What a rare sight! Remember very well that the same thing has happened to me on an AF B742 in CDG during refueling. We were stuck at the gate for an hour as we were not allowed to push-back before the firefighters had cleaned up the mess.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Cool shot! Thank you to the other visitor from the UK for a great explanation of whats going on!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Was thinking the same, overflow into the surge tank.

Pretty rare catch.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Seeing a shot like this tells me a lot about photographer who took it; That, (like me) he ALWAYS grabs a window seat, and (unlike me), he ALWAYS has his camera ready, and is "vigilant" for an opportunity to present it's self! Very well done!
Charley
Anonymous
6 years ago
Thought it was a cloud.

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