The reason planes are equipped to release fuel in flight is in case of an emergency landing shortly after takeoff.
Landing gear and the structure of most aircraft are only designed to absorb the impact of landing up to a certain
weight. When fully loaded with fuel, most planes are simply too heavy to land safely without risking a landing
gear collapse or other disastrous structural failure. Planes are therefore fitted with emergency fuel dump systems
that release enough fuel to lighten the aircraft until they can land safely. You may also recall Harrison Ford
fooling with the fuel release system in the movie
Air Force One
with nothing more than a butter knife, but this was clearly for different reasons!
- answer by Jeff Scott, 25 November 2001
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