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They were asked if they needed to hold to dump fuel. Their reply in the negative couldíve meant that they donít need to hold, it doesnít necessarily mean they didnít need to dump.
True. One would think that at some point they would at least mention that they were in fact dumping fuel, especially as they'd be flying in an active flight path, not to mention, you know, over Los Angeles itself. They also said that they were "not critical" and that "we got them [the compressor stall?] terminated for now". So why the rush to get back to LAX?
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True. One would think that at some point they would at least mention that they were in fact dumping fuel, especially as they'd be flying in an active flight path, not to mention, you know, over Los Angeles itself. They also said that they were "not critical" and that "we got them [the compressor stall?] terminated for now". So why the rush to get back to LAX?
That's a good question. If the plane can climb on one engine and they re-establish the other engine then that allows for a broader range of options. If they made it to 8000 feet then they could continue to climb higher for more landing options.

Something that enters into the picture on a quick return to an airport is that fuel is weight and weight means it takes longer to slow the plane down.

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Itís possible they turned it on and forgot about it or that someone in the flight deck turned it on without telling the captain or there was some kind of miscommunication. There would likely have been four pilots up front at the time as the relief crew would normally be in the flight deck for the take off.


They were asked if they needed to hold to dump fuel. Their reply in the negative couldíve meant that they donít need to hold, it doesnít necessarily mean they didnít need to dump.
This is what I was wondering about. As I read the thread, it talks about "the pilot" and "they said". Who is this "They", and why are "they" talking to flight control? Is it a decision "they" made, or is this an emergency where individuals are taking responsibility for decisions to offload tasks from the pilot, who may, or may not have been demonstrating the dramatic narrowing of attention that people get when they are stressed?
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A typical long haul flight would have up to four pilots (sometimes just three) on the flight deck for the take off and departure. Two sitting at control seats and the other two in the jump seats. One of the two at a control seat would be the captain whose job it is to make decisions with the help of the rest of them. It may or may not be the captain on the radio. An engine failure shouldn’t really be something that causes much problems for a crew. It is trained over and over in the simulator.

Edit: If it is not the captain on the radio, it will be another pilot who is in direct communication with the captain.

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