Delta Dumped Jet Fuel on School Kids

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  1. where do you get the “several hospitalized” from?
    paragraph 8 of the article you linked to: “The Los Angeles County Fire Department said more than 70 firefighters and paramedics were at the school, and 20 children and 11 adults were treated for minor injuries. No one was transported to the hospital.”
    i read you blog daily and have been for years. i’m disappointed in the click-bait headline.

  2. Just wait until construction is completed on the Rams NFL Stadium. You could have 70,000 people fuel dumped on game day.

  3. Wait until the slimey lawyers get a hold of the kids, they will suddenly all come down with emotional trauma that only a million dollar settlement will cure.

  4. We should all lynch Delta right now. How dare they douse school children with jet fuel! Why are people not in prison! Oh wait what? It was a fuel dump that started over the water that was part of an emergency landing immediately after takeoff? The fuel evaporated before it reached the ground? Nobody was hospitalized? Seriously you know what you did with that headline and its shameful.

  5. @Bill, thats bs, the flight path is 90% over land, you make it sounds like they dumped most fuel on open water while holding over ocean, they did NOT do that.

    And they dumped fuel at POPULATED AREA, on people! It’s practically unprecedented, making it sounds trivial is ridiculous.

  6. Gary, I can’t believe how irresponsible you are. You should be ashamed of yourself! No one went to the hospital.

  7. @Chris what part of started over water did you not understand? The FAA will certainly investigate about why they dumped where they did and if that was their only option but the kids were fine with a little soap and water. Its hardly as severe as the headline made it seem.

  8. “She pulled them behind my shoulders, laughed & said “giddyup!” as she snapped my braids like reins.

    My hair is part of my spirit. I am a Native woman. I am angry, humiliated. Your “fun” hurt.”

    Yeah the TSA should stay professional on the one hand, on the other you gotta look at the motives.

    If someone is trying to brighten your day and inject some sunshine into the crappiness that is going through a TSA line you should not take offense.

    Definitely do not complain on a public forum that might get a worker fired from their job.

  9. Bill, there was jet fuel which didn’t evaporate before making contact with people and property on the ground. It’s why there were kids, clothes and cars on the ground that stunk of this DL’s jet fuel.

  10. Ordinarily, when an aircraft has to return to the airport with fuel tanks still full, they would first climb to a suitable altitude, preferably over water, to dump the fuel where it would vaporize before it hit the ground.

    The fact that it didn’t happen thst way suggests that this particular “engine problem” required IMMEDIATE landing, and that the crew was having to dump fuel even on descent and approach. While that was probably not their first choice, the option of NOT dumping the fuel could’ve been disastrous.

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