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US FAA: Delta pilots didn't seek permission before dumping fuel that rained on school kids

08:41  16 january  2020
08:41  16 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Delta declined to comment Wednesday on the FAA statement but said on its website that 13 airline cleaning crews worked with school crews "to clean all outside surfaces that students could come into FAA : Delta pilots didn ' t seek permission before dumping fuel that rained on school kids .

FAA : Delta pilots didn ' t seek permission before dumping fuel that rained on school kids . 20, 2019, when he left for school . Police believe he was spotted in a surveillance camera video taken that morning while he was crossing the street in front of his home.

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The Delta pilots who bombarded elementary school playgrounds with jet fuel before making an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport failed to notify air traffic control of the need to jettison fuel and did not dump it at an optimal altitude, the FAA said Wednesday.

Pilots typically are directed by controllers to an appropriate area to dump fuel, a protocol that did not occur Tuesday, the FAA said in a statement. 

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  Officials: Jet fuel lands on Los Angeles school playgrounds CUDAHY, Calif. (AP) — Fuel dumped by an airliner making an emergency return Tuesday to Los Angeles International Airport due to an engine problem fell onto three schools, causing minor irritation to 40 children and adults, officials said. The incident occurred around noon in the Cudahy area of southeastern Los Angeles County, about 13 miles (21 kilometers east of the airport. Los Angeles Unified School District police Sgt. Rudy Perez said 28 students and adults were affected at Park Avenue Elementary and 12 others at 93rd Street Elementary, but none needed to be taken to hospitals.Jordan High was also affected but no one was treated there, he said.

schools – with the Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA ) now saying that the Delta Flight 89 failed to notify It’s standard practice for pilots to drop fuel at an altitude of over 10,000 feet, which ensures the Delta , which argued that fuel dump “was required as part of normal procedure to reach a safe

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the fuel dump , which fell on a five-mile swath in the Los Angeles area, including on a school playground Why do airplanes dump fuel ? If an airplane is overweight as it approaches the tarmac, it can be harder for pilots to maneuver the aircraft and to

"The FAA is continuing to investigate the circumstances behind this incident," the statement said.

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Delta made national news Tuesday when pilots of Flight 89 bound for Shanghai dumped the fuel before making an emergency landing moments after takeoff. Delta said the twin-engine Boeing 777 had experienced engine problems.

Scores of people on the ground, including students at multiple elementary schools, were treated for eye and skin irritation, Los Angeles County fire officials said. Decontamination stations were set up, but no injuries required hospitalization, authorities said.

Peter Goelz, a former managing director for the National Transportation Safety Board, said it might be too early to judge the decisions of a pilot trying to ensure the safety of his passengers and crew.

Elementary school kids doused as jet dumps fuel before emergency landing at LAX

  Elementary school kids doused as jet dumps fuel before emergency landing at LAX An airplane returning to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning dropped jet fuel onto a school playground, dousing several students at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, officials said. Photo gallery by photo services

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating. “There are special fuel - dumping procedures for aircraft operating into and out of any major U.S. airport,” the FAA The pilot could have stayed over the ocean to dump his fuel but that could have taken a half-hour up to an hour, Moss said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating. “There are special fuel - dumping procedures for aircraft operating into and out of any major U.S. airport,” the FAA The pilot could have stayed over the ocean to dump his fuel but that could have taken a half-hour up to an hour, Moss said.

a group of people wearing costumes: An unidentified girl covers her mouth as she leaves with a relative the Park Avenue Elementary school in Cudahy, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. © Damian Dovarganes, AP An unidentified girl covers her mouth as she leaves with a relative the Park Avenue Elementary school in Cudahy, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. "A 777 flying nonstop to Shanghai is absolutely loaded with fuel," Goelz said. "So loaded that to land right away after takeoff poses a significant danger."

Goelz, who is not involved in the investigation, said guidelines usually call for fuel to be dumped over water and/or at an altitude of 10,000 feet so it can disperse and minimize environmental damage. But the rules change for a very heavy plane that needs to get back on the ground, he said.

Goelz said every pilot knows the story of Swissair Flight 111, a Geneva-bound MD-11 out of New York that plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean off Nova Scotia on Sept. 2, 1998. None of the 229 people aboard survived. The crew had called in an emergency but was flying away from an airport so it could dump fuel over water when it crashed.

Listen: Radio call to control tower raises questions about why jet fuel was dumped over Cudahy

  Listen: Radio call to control tower raises questions about why jet fuel was dumped over Cudahy A Delta Air Lines pilot was roughly five minutes into a flight from Los Angeles International Airport en route to Shanghai on Tuesday when he radioed to the airport control tower that he was having problems with the right engine on the jetliner. "We have an emergency at this time," the pilot says calmly, according to a recording obtained at LiveATC.net, a website that streams and archives air traffic control audio. "We need to return to LAX for [an] engine compressor stall."Less than a minute later, a controller asks whether the pilot needs to return to the airport immediately or needs to "hold to burn fuel.

Delta crew that dumped fuel on schools in Los Angeles didn ' t notify air traffic controllers. The FAA said the crew of the flight did not tell air traffic control that they needed to dump fuel before "In this emergency situation, the fuel - dumping procedure did not occur at an optimal altitude that would have

CUDAHY, CA – Federal authorities will investigate why an airliner with engine trouble dumped jet fuel over a densely populated area of Southern California while making an emergency return to the airport, dousing dozens of schoolchildren in a smelly vapor.

"Pilots know that when you have a problem that threatens the aircraft and you have to get rid of fuel, you get rid of it fast," he said. "You don't want things like this (contamination) to happen, but the alternative is too dire."

The FAA said it was investigating the fuel dump, noting that procedures call for fuel to be dumped over "designated unpopulated areas, typically at higher altitudes so the fuel atomizes and disperses before it reaches the ground."

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Delta said the unexplained engine issue required the plane to "return quickly" to LAX.

"The aircraft landed safely after a release of fuel, which was required as part of normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight," Delta said.

The airline said it was in touch with the airport and fire officials and expressed concern over "minor injuries" to adults and children.

The smell of jet fuel wafted through some neighborhoods.

The Los Angeles Unified School District said crews washed down playgrounds, play equipment, lunch tables and drinking fountains. it said air conditioning was left on at the affected schools overnight to thoroughly ventilate classrooms and other school buildings.

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  LAUSD Teachers Affected By Jet Fuel Dump To File Lawsuit With Gloria Allred In audio obtained by CBS News, the pilots are heard telling LAX air traffic control the plane would not need to dump fuel, which it subsequently did. According to Delta, the plane began dropping fuel at an elevation of 8,000 feet and continued at least until it hit the 2,300-foot mark. The FAA confirmed to CBS News it also found that the Delta crew did not tell air traffic control the plane needed to dump fuel.Air crews will typically notify controllers of an emergency and indicate the need to dump fuel. Controllers, in turn, will then direct the plane to an area appropriate for such action.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating. 'There are special fuel - dumping procedures The pilot could have stayed over the ocean to dump his fuel but that could have taken a Officials said 31 children and adults were affected by the fuel dump at Park Avenue school and

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating. “There are special fuel - dumping procedures for aircraft operating into and out of any major U.S. airport," the FAA said in a statement. “These procedures call for fuel to be dumped over designated unpopulated areas, typically at higher

a close up of a map: SOURCE AP © USA TODAY SOURCE AP Delta said it dispatched 13 cleaning crews to assist the district in the overnight cleaning job.

School Board Vice President Jackie Goldberg was "shocked and angered" at the fuel dump over the Park Avenue Elementary School playground in Cudahy and promised to closely monitor the investigation.

"I am sorry our school community had to go through this very scary incident today," Goldberg said.

Goelz was willing to give the pilots the benefit of the doubt, at least for now.

"Right off the bat, I would not be criticizing the crew until I have more information," he said. "It was not an easy call."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: FAA: Delta pilots didn't seek permission before dumping fuel that rained on school kids

Delta jet fuel dump unlikely to cause long-term health problems, experts say .
LOS ANGELES - It's been days since a Delta jet experiencing engine trouble showered homes and schools in southeast Los Angeles with fuel, but Aldo Mauricio has continued to have difficulty breathing. Mauricio lives on Santa Ana Street in Cudahy just a few hundred feet from Park Avenue Elementary, where more than a dozen schoolchildren and teachers were treated after being doused with jet fuel. He says he has suffered from allergies for years, but his lingering breathing issues have made him nervous.

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