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On January 14, 2020, Delta Air Lines Flight 89 encountered engine problems shortly after departing Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). While preparing for an emergency landing on its airport of origin, dumped fuel over the city of Los Angeles, resulting in skin and lung irritation in at least 56 people on the ground and triggering a Federal Aviation Administration investigation.


Flight 89 was a regularly scheduled flight from LAX to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, operated by Delta Air Lines using a Boeing 777-200 widebody jet aircraft. Flight 89 departed from LAX at 11:32am on January 14, 2020.[1][2] The aircraft had 149 passengers and 16 crew members on board.[3]

Minutes after departing LAX and initiating a climb over the Pacific Ocean, the pilots reported a compressor stall in the aircraft's right engine. Air traffic controllers asked Flight 89 whether the pilots wanted to remain over the ocean to dump fuel, but the pilots declined, saying "we've got it under control... we're not critical." Controllers again asked, "OK, so you don't need to hold or dump fuel or anything like that?", to which the pilots responded, "Negative."[4] Flight 89 turned back over land and headed toward LAX to make an emergency landing. While over land and approaching LAX for an emergency landing, the plane dumped fuel over a five-mile portion of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, including five elementary schools and a high school.[1] CBS News reported that, based on the expert opinion of a former Boeing 777 captain, Flight 89 would likely have dumped 15-20,000 gallons of fuel.[3]

Shortly after completing the fuel dump, the aircraft landed safely.[5]


First responders were called to multiple schools to treat children and staff who were outdoors at the time Flight 89 dumped fuel. At least 56 children and adults were reported to have minor skin and lung irritations.[3] All affected schools were closed for cleaning, but were able to be reopened the following day.[4] The story received widespread media attention, with detailed investigation and analysis from organizations including CBS News,[3] The New York Times,[1] the Los Angeles Times[2], and received substantial international media coverage.[4][6][7]

On January 15, the FAA announced it was investigating the Flight 89 incident. In a statement, the FAA noted that "There are special fuel-dumping procedures for aircraft operating into and out of any major U.S. airport," and 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."[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Delta Airplane Dumps Jet Fuel on Los Angeles Schools". The New York Times. January 15, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/us/delta-fuel.html. Retrieved January 15, 2020. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Tracking Delta Flight 89’s path before it dumped fuel on an elementary school". Los Angeles Times. January 14, 2020. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-14/tracking-delta-flight-89s-path-before-it-dumped-fuel-on-an-elementary-school. Retrieved January 15, 2020. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Delta jet dumps fuel over Southern California, sickening dozens of schoolkids and adults". CBS News. January 14, 2020. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jet-fuel-dump-california-schools-delta-air-lines-flight-89-emergency-landing-lax-today-2020-01-14-live-updates/. Retrieved January 15, 2020. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "FAA investigating Delta jet fuel-dumping on schoolkids". CTV. January 15, 2020. https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/faa-investigating-delta-jet-fuel-dumping-on-schoolkids-1.4767414. Retrieved January 15, 2020. 
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Bakersfield 2020.01.14
  6. "Children seen leaving school in tears after plane fuel dumped on playground". Metro (British newspaper). January 15, 2020. https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/15/children-seen-leaving-school-tears-plane-fuel-dumped-playground-12063605/. Retrieved January 15, 2020. 
  7. "Plane dumps fuel over schools near Los Angeles airport". BBC. January 15, 2020. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51112630. 

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