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    If this doesn't make you laugh...

    Just read this on BBC news live update on travel chaos:

    We've been told that the inbound flight tried to land twice and couldn't because of high winds. It was diverted to Amsterdam to refuel.

    Ummmmm it had enough fuel for Amsterdam but not one of a dozen UK airports... or another couple of goes?!

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    not windy in Amsterdam = can land.

    Windy in UK = might not be able to land.

    ...seems sensible to me if Fuel could be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    not windy in Amsterdam = can land.

    Windy in UK = might not be able to land.

    ...seems sensible to me if Fuel could be an issue.
    But planes are landing though. Oh this one had a couple of issues. Maybe head north a hundred miles, not 600 miles east...

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    But what if it does that, fails, then doesn't have enough fuel to get to somewhere less windy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREED View Post
    But planes are landing though. Oh this one had a couple of issues. Maybe head north a hundred miles, not 600 miles east...
    But the wind is blowing West to East perhaps? It might use less energy going for a guaranteed landing with a tail wind rather than fighting to land closer to home.

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    Plans always prefer to land into the wind.

    And yes, very true Mike, but still it is the distance travelled compared to somewhere else in the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREED View Post
    Plans always prefer to land into the wind.

    And yes, very true Mike, but still it is the distance travelled compared to somewhere else in the UK.
    Ah yes, but less fuel may be required to get there and land, even into the wind for the landing itself

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    It could be that Amsterdam is one of the destinations for that airline, which will mean they have the facilities in place to refuel. The pilot can't simply put it on his credit card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    It could be that Amsterdam is one of the destinations for that airline, which will mean they have the facilities in place to refuel. The pilot can't simply put it on his credit card.
    Oh yes he can watching one of the airline type shows one day and they landed at an airport without an agreement already in place and that's exactly what happened, wasn't a little plane either.

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    Or the passengers have paid before as well:

    Passengers Foot Fuel Bill For 737

    Ben

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    On the grand scheme of things, Amsterdam is just a small hope from the South of England. We get there in about 40 mins from Norwich.

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    After reading more stories from other airports and the capacity issues I no longer find this story as amusing....

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