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Emirates 229 Recording

It's been a while since I gave y'all an ATC recording. Here's Emirates 229 on its way from Dubai to Seattle declaring a fuel emergency and diverting to Vancouver. 367 souls on board. 30 minutes fuel. Yikes. They probably knew they were light on fuel for a while, but the route from Dubai to Seattle is straight over the north pole. The divert options suck. There are places with long enough runways, but I'm sure they really, really wanted someplace that had services to turn a 777 and a terminal to keep 367 people warm while they waited for a relief crew. Vancouver is only about 20 minutes short of Seattle in a 777, but when you've got 30 minutes of fuel left...

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