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The Delta pilot who dumped jet fuel on schoolkids told air traffic control moments before that he wasn't going to do it

The Delta pilot who dumped jet fuel on schoolkids told air traffic control moments before that he wasn't going to do it
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A Delta flight dumped tons of jet fuel over nearby schools during an emergency landing Tuesday in Los Angeles. 67 people, including children, needed treatment after exposure.




New transcripts show that the pilot was asked whether he needed to dump fuel on his way back. He replied "negative" — but the fuel was dumped anyway.




Pilots are only supposed to dup fuel over unpopulated areas, or high enough up that it evaporates before getting to the ground. The FAA is investigating why this didn't happen.




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A Delta pilot who dumped jet fuel over elementary school kids in Los Angeles on Tuesday told air traffic control moments beforehand that he wasn't going to do it.
Radio transcripts of exchanges between Delta Air Lines flight 89 and controllers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) show the pilot being asked if he needed to dump fuel, to which he replied "negative."
In fact, the plane did dump fuel, which ended up dousing at least 67 people, including dozens of children, with fuel from the plane.
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