Delta Flight Dumps Fuel Above Los Angeles Schools

Date : 01/15/2020 @ 1:02AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL)
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Delta Flight Dumps Fuel Above Los Angeles Schools

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By Alison Sider 

Students and adults at a half-dozen schools in the Los Angeles area were treated for exposure to jet fuel dumped by a Delta Air Lines Inc. flight as it turned back to the airport after an engine emergency.

Delta Flight 89 experienced an engine problem shortly after it departed Los Angeles International Airport for Shanghai on Tuesday, the airline said. The pilot declared an emergency and coordinated with air-traffic control to return to the airport while dropping fuel to avoid a potentially dangerous overweight landing, according to the airline.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department first responded to reports at Park Ave. Elementary in Cudahy of exposure to an unconfirmed substance that had fallen from the sky near a low-flying plane. Several classes were outside at the time, and children complained that their skin was burning, a spokesman for the department said.

The department later responded to three other nearby schools, all in the area where planes make their final turn into the airport. Altogether county firefighters and paramedics evaluated some 44 patients, including many children. All were released with minor injuries. A Hazmat team later confirmed the substance was jet fuel, the spokesman said.

The Los Angeles City Fire department responded to two additional schools within the city. It said it evaluated 16 patients with minor complaints. All were released to parents or family members.

"The aircraft landed safely after a release of fuel, which was required as part of normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight," a Delta spokesman said. "We...share concerns regarding reported minor injuries to adults and children at a school in the area."

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating the incident. The agency's rules call for fuel to be dumped when necessary over designated unpopulated areas, typically at higher altitudes so that it has time to disperse, the FAA said in a statement.

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

January 14, 2020 19:47 ET (00:47 GMT)

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