The FAA said it was investigating why a Delta flight dumped jet fuel over a residential Los Angeles neighborhood on Tuesday.
At least 44 children people at several elementary schools, including children, were treated by paramedics after coming into contact with the fuel.
The Delta flight declared an emergency shortly after take-off from LAX due to an “engine issue,” and was returning to the airport.
Planes dump fuel as an emergency measure to make them light enough to land soon after takeoff.
However, they are supposed to dump fuel over unpopulated areas, and at high enough altitutde for it to evaporate. Neither happened here, and US regulators want to know why.
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The Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday that it is “thoroughly investigating” why a Delta flight dumped jet fuel over a residential neighborhood in Los Angeles.
At least 44 children and adults at several elementary schools near Cudahy, Los Angeles, were affected after the fuel was jettisoned.
The patients mainly suffered skin irritation, and none needed to go to the hospital, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
Delta Air Lines flight 89, from LAX to Shanghai, China, declared the emergency after experiencing an unspecified engine issue not long after takeoff.
The flight turned north over the Pacific Ocean immediately after taking off and began to climb, but leveled off north of Calabasas before turning east over Los Angeles to circle around and return to the airport.
The plane then descended steadily before turning for a final approach into the airport, passing over Cudahy at around 2,375 feet, according to data from FlightRadar24.
It was not clear when the plane began dumping fuel, nor how much of the 24 minute …read more
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