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jettison

(jĕt`əsən, –zən) [O.Fr.,=throwing], in maritime law, casting all or part of a ship's cargo overboard to lighten the vessel or to meet some danger, such as fire. Such cargo, when found later, is known as jetsam (see flotsam, jetsam, and liganflotsam, jetsam, and ligan
[O.Fr.], in maritime law, goods lost at sea as distinguished from goods washed ashore (wreck). Goods that remain floating on the surface after a shipwreck or accident are called flotsam (or floatsam or flotsan), while jetsam refers to goods thrown
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). The master of the ship has the absolute right to jettison cargo when he reasonably believes it to be necessary, and the owners of the ship incur no liability. If the vessel carries goods of more than one shipper, the rule of general average provides for apportioning the loss among all the shippers because all have benefited by the master's action. On the other hand, if some cargo is lost by accident, the shippers who suffered no loss do not contribute to indemnification.

jettison

[′jed·ə·sən]
(engineering)
The throwing overboard of objects, especially to lighten a craft in distress.

jettison

i. To cast or discard fuel or any external store from an aircraft in flight.
ii. The selective release of armament stores from an aircraft other than in a normal attack. This may be done to lighten the aircraft in an emergency or to get rid of a hung-up store.
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The forward bay cover is jettisoned using a thruster separation system built by Systima Technologies Inc.
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The delegation learned that the last time a Transit Center aircraft jettisoned fuel was more than three years ago during an in-flight emergency in a remote area far from human habitation.
The full fuel tank was jettisoned from the aircraft and landed on the ground, luckily not rupturing and spilling its flammable payload on the ground and even more luckily without a technician under it.
Besides Murphy, only Rea makes much of a mark, and his character is unceremoniously jettisoned when the wind carries Kitten off in another direction.
Customer service staff, such as check-in workers and ground support, will not be jettisoned.
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