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Drunk WestJet passenger who caused plane to reroute ordered to pay $21,000 for the fuel

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Drunk WestJet passenger who caused plane to reroute ordered to pay $21,000 for the fuel

The U.K. man whose "absolutely disgusting" drunken behaviour caused a WestJet flight to turn around and land back in Calgary must pay the airline $21,260.68 — the cost of the wasted fuel.
David Stephen Young, 44, pleaded guilty last week to charges under the Aeronautics Act and Criminal Code of failing to comply with safety instructions and resisting arrest.
lol ... don't drink and fly (and be an a___) ...

https://ca.yahoo.com/news/drunk-westjet ... 53149.html
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No link to read the article, but assuming he's from the UK, I'm sure he'll just go home and ignore the court order.
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Think of the Childre…
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WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Seems like a sad story though...recovering alcoholic falls off the wagon due to a death in the family , failed marriage .

He’ll likely pay otherwise there will be no chance of ever visiting his mother (in Canada) again
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The guy got off light considering what the requested restitution was and WestJet's total loss.
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"The pilot had to burn off and then dump 20,000 pounds of fuel in order to land safely"

I wonder how and where the pilot dumped fuel whilst in the air?
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hierophant wrote:
Jan 30th, 2019 11:10 am
"The pilot had to burn off and then dump 20,000 pounds of fuel in order to land safely"

I wonder how and where the pilot dumped fuel whilst in the air?
Usually the where doesn't matter, as long as ATC keeps other planes clear. If the plane is high enough, the fuel will simply dissipate before it would hit the ground. In emergencies, rules are less stringent about the location / height of the dump. Although, a large portion of modern aircraft aren't equipped with fuel dump systems now - and simply either fly in a holding pattern to burn it off (which could be hours), or land and need a large maintenance check afterwards.
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Our aircraft operating manual states we need to be at least 5000' AGL in order to dump fuel. Fuel will dissipate before reaching the ground at this altitude.

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