Planes flying into New York area on dangerously low fuel

This is not a good time to run out of gas:

A review by federal authorities has revealed a sharp increase in planes, particularly from Continental Airlines, flying into the New York area with so little fuel that they demand an emergency landing.

In a report on minimum and emergency fuel declarations into Newark airport last year, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) expressed concern that some of the incidents may be prompted by fuel-saving measures.

"We are concerned that fuel-saving measures may have contributed to the low fuel declarations because of two pilot bulletins issued by Continental Airlines in 2007," the report said.

This is an old CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) trick, as I noted here from a 1982 trip:

Pem (my brother) drew the short straw and flew CAAC, which made an emergency landing in Shanghai when they nearly ran out of fuel.

It doesn’t pay to make fun of others; you could be next.

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