Delta Airlines Faces Air Quality Violation, Lawsuit After Dumping 15,000 Gallons Of Jet Fuel On Dozens At Low Altitude
Some of the fuel dropped on children at a school.
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January 19, 2020 - by Christina Carrega for abcnews.com
A Delta Airlines flight that dumped 15,000 gallons of jet fuel onto multiple people, schools and buildings in the Los Angeles area during an emergency landing is facing a civil lawsuit and violations.
Four teachers at the Park Avenue Elementary School were outside with their students last Tuesday when they noticed a plane flying at a very low altitude.
"I began to feel drops of jet fuel raining from the sky. My students thought it was rain," one of the four educators, who requested to remain anonymous, said at a press conference held on Friday by their attorney Gloria Allred. "Then the liquid overwhelmed our eyes, mouths, nose, lungs and skin. My students began screaming and crying because their eyes and skin were burning."
During the landing, the pilot was specifically asked by the Air Traffic Control System Command Center if there was a need to dump fuel in order to lighten the weight.
Delta said it..."The pilot replied by saying 'negative...we've got it under control.' Had the pilot notified (air traffic control), the flight would have been directed to a location and altitude that fuel could be safely dumped," said Allred, who is suing the airline for negligence.
Delta said it...