Los Angeles, California - On Jan. 14, a Boeing 777-200 from Delta Air Lines dumped fuel over a school in Los Angeles after declaring an emergency.
The Boeing 777-200 of Delta experienced engine failure shortly after it took off from Los Angeles International Airport. The pilots declared an emergency and decided to return to the departure base.
Before proceeding with an emergency landing, the aircraft dumped its fuel over the city. 17 children and nine adults were reportedly suffered who were outdoors in a school garden.
The aircraft landed safely. Fuel dumps are sometimes required to reach the safe landing weight in emergency situations. There were 149 people aboard the aircraft.
We are in touch with Los Angeles World Airports and the LA County Fire Department, and share concerns regarding reported minor injuries to adults and children at a school in the area,
the airline said in a statement.
There are special fuel-dumping procedures for aircraft operating into and out of any major US airport,
the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration also said in a statement.
These 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.
Delta did not elaborate on the engine failure.