Fuel Leak at 35,000 Feet Spotted by Airman

While the pilots of a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Tokyo were allegedly wondering and investigating how 6,000 pounds of fuel per hour — an excessive amount by any standard for a commercial aircraft — were being consumed, the acute observation skills of an alert United States Air Force staff sergeant caught a fuel leak which he videotaped and then showed it to a flight attendant, insisting that she inform the captain of the flight before venturing out over the Pacific Ocean.

His actions may have saved the lives of greater than 300 people.

Read about the details of — and reactions to — this amazing story of how an Airman spots a fuel leak at 35,000 feet.

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