United Flight Cancelled By Massive Fuel Leak

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A United Airlines flight, scheduled to travel to Venice, Italy, from Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday night, turned back to the gate after passengers informed flight attendants that the aircraft was gushing jet fuel from the left wing. Evidently, neither aircraft crew nor airport personnel noticed the fuel spraying from the 767’s wing until notified by a pair of newlyweds alarmed by the growing lake of kerosene.

United told the press, “While taxiing to the runway on Tuesday evening, United flight 170 traveling from Newark to Venice, Italy returned to the gate due to a fuel leak, and was later cancelled. We apologized to our customers for the inconvenience. Our team worked to provide customers with hotel accommodations for the night and to get them back on their way to Venice the next day.”

Comments (7)

Dump valve opened up? Happened to me once in Khartoum. Rampers ran away, came back with huge cans and stood under the stream filling them. Jet-A is great cooking fuel!

Posted by: George Weaver | June 17, 2017 10:40 AM    Report this comment

Massive? I don't think so.

Posted by: Jeff Land | June 17, 2017 10:47 AM    Report this comment

Not a leak.

Posted by: Ken Keen | June 17, 2017 12:41 PM    Report this comment

Might not be massive enough for Jeff, but it's big enough to ruin your day over the Atlantic.

Posted by: Tom Yarsley | June 17, 2017 1:25 PM    Report this comment

A massive leak is a problem. A small leak over time is a problem.

Clearly there is fuel leakage. Is it massive? I suppose some might think so. The author of the article for instance. In aviation, anything that is minor is reported as major or catastrophic. The hundreds on board almost lost their lives. Only by the grace of a vigilant passenger were they saved.

More than likely the airplane would have lost fuel in one wing and rolled inverted shortly after take off. All would have died in the smoking crater in the ground.

United is apparently too busy having paying checked in pax being dragged off their flights to perform maintenance. Yea, that's it.

Posted by: Jeff Land | June 17, 2017 6:00 PM    Report this comment

Massive leak or not, United just keeps finding ways to look really bad. Regardless of the size of the "leak", it does not help when the passengers have to bring the problem to the flight crew's attention.

Posted by: John McNamee | June 18, 2017 7:20 PM    Report this comment

1) arguing about the definition of "massive" is childish in this case. "Gushing" and "jet fuel leak" are BAD things.

2) I had a flight with NWA departing DTW and noticed another NWA flight with a "remove before flight" pin in it's nose gear taxing alongside us. Rang the FA, she looked out the window, responded "sheeet" and trotted up to the flight deck. Got free drinks that flight.

Posted by: JAMES MILLER | June 19, 2017 7:35 AM    Report this comment

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