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Working with TOM at MAN, its most likely not to have been ETOPS paperwork. I’d guess AY had a tech defect and the engineers were fixing it and just needed to sign it off. Sometimes it starts as a small defect and gets bigger, but the engineers will allow boarding so as not to keep it on the ground any longer once ready. Just like a slot delay the ETD could go back or forward so its better to be onboard so you dont miss the slot and kept hanging around longer.
I couldn’t imagine 10 hours on a 757, its bad enough getting up the aisles against the flow of passengers during boarding nevermind the short pitch.
I couldn’t tell you any exact details as I know that day I was at the WCC in Load Control.