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(The Local)   One of the advantages of the Dreamliner of course, is that it doesn't really need all that fuel   ( divider line
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2014-01-21 02:58:04 PM  
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Dinodork: other_white_meat: The vents for the tanks are on the wing tips. If the plane was loaded near full with fuel say from a truck that sat in the cold outside air and the the fuel warmed in the tanks it will expand and vent from the wing tips instead of rupturing the tanks. Its a feature not a bug.

2 Points:  Shouldn't the folks filling the tanks be aware of that and not put quite so much in?  And 2, the leak isn't coming from the wingtips.

That's because the vents in question aren't on the wingtips. That's where the surge tank overflow valve exits. Looks like it's simply a valve that failed to shut. Happens on all types of aircraft on a not-too-rare occasion.

This type of venting would vent the air from the top of the tanks first. You would not design them to vent from the bottom of the tanks.

Nice try but the article mentions a stuck valve.
2014-01-21 12:38:28 PM  
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2014-01-21 02:07:07 PM  
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Dinobot: I just can't wait for a Dreamliner to have a hull lose accident, maybe even fatal, just so air crash investigation does an episode on it

Even for Fark, that's pretty sick.
2014-01-21 01:18:17 PM  
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Again, blaming the maker instead of the airline running the thing.
2014-01-21 01:02:21 PM  
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It's just wants to be an SR-71 Blackbird when it grows up.
2014-01-21 01:00:22 PM  
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I'm guessing someone forgot to close something after putting fuel in.  Or the fuel dumping mechanism (for getting rid of it to lose weight before an emergency landing, for instance) was left on by mistake.
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