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FAA: Delta did not inform us about California fuel dump ahead of time – Fox News, Fox News


TheDelta Air Linespilots whodumped fuelover elementary schoolyards and neighborhoods in and aroundLos Angeleson Tuesday did not inform air traffic control before they did so and failed to get rid of the fuel at a proper altitude, theFederal Aviation Administration(FAA) said.

The agency said Wednesday that dumping the fuel at an optimal altitude would have allowed it to “atomize properly” before it was dumped over scores of people on the ground. Air traffic controllers will typically direct plans to appropriate areas to dispose of the fuel.

“The FAA is continuing to investigate the circumstances behind this incident,” the agency said.

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In this photo from video, Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai, China dumps fuel over Los Angeles before returning to Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency landing Tuesday. Fire officials say fuel apparently dumped by the aircraft returning to LAX fell onto an elementary school playground. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)*********************

      In this photo from video, Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai, China dumps fuel over Los Angeles before returning to Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency landing Tuesday. Fire officials say fuel apparently dumped by the aircraft returning to LAX fell onto an elementary school playground. (AP Photo / Matt Hartman)       

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********************************** people were treated for skin and eye irritation after Shanghai-bound Delta Flight the fuel while released returning to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) shortly after takeoff because of a mechanical issue. The pilots dumped the fuel to reach a safe landing weight, the airline said in a statement.

Dozens of people on the ground were impacted but no injuries were reported, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. The Boeing The Boeing) ********************************** (landed safely at the airport.)

The FAA said its procedures call for fuel to be dumped over designated unpopulated areas, typically at higher altitudes so it disperses before it reaches the ground. According to recorded radio communications, air traffic control asked the Delta crew if they wanted to return to LAX immediately or linger over the ocean “to hold and burn fuel.”

In this photo from video, Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai, China dumps fuel over Los Angeles before returning to Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency landing Tuesday. Fire officials say fuel apparently dumped by the aircraft returning to LAX fell onto an elementary school playground. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)********************

      A map shows Delta Flight path over Los Angeles.       

“We’re going to go ahead,” the pilot or copilot. responded. “We’ve got it back under control. … We’re not critical. ”

“ OK, so you don’t need to hold or dump fuel or anything like that? ”The controller asked.

“Ah, negative,” was the response. But the plane dumped fuel anyway.

“I know that there are a lot of questions about the process that was followed and those kinds of things,” Dana Debel, Delta’s managing director of government affairs, said during a press conference Wednesday. “There is an ongoing investigation that was opened immediately after the flight landed back.”

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The airline sent 13 cleaning crews to work with the Los Angeles Unified School District on Wednesday to clean the outside areas of the schools impacted by the incident, it said in a statement.

The schools remained open.

Associated Press contributed to this report.**********************

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