posted on Apr, 14 2018 @ 01:42 PM
More good news! Source at the bottom.
"An engineer from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, demonstrated that safety-first mentality on a commercial flight out of
Huntsville in January. Shortly after take-off, Rumaasha Maasha, an aerospace engineer in Marshall's Spacecraft & Vehicle Systems Department, spotted a
fuel leak during his morning flight on a work trip to Denver."
"Seeing the spewing white fuel outside his window near the wing, Maasha identified the problem as a malfunctioning vent valve. He also knew that as
the plane increased velocity at higher altitudes, the Venturi effect allowed by the faulty vent valve would increase suction on the fuel tank,
accelerating the leak."
" "I quietly motioned to the flight attendant to come over and fortunately she was very attentive," he said. "She called the crew and the key thing
is that she did this as we were still climbing out. Within a minute or two, they reduced speed and leveled off. The fuel leak diminished immediately
when they slowed down."
Thanks to Maasha’s quick thinking and decisive action in alerting the crew, the plane was immediately rerouted to return to Huntsville International
Airport. After a few groans and moans from passengers when learning the plane was turning around, word quickly spread of Maasha's actions and he was
lauded for his heroic efforts by those seated nearby."
Good thing Mr. Maasha was on this plane!
14-4-2018 by Luuke123 because: (no reason given)