Delta Air Lines Flight 89

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Delta Air Lines Flight 89
Delta Airlines B777-200LR - panoramio.jpg
N860DA, the Boeing 777 involved in the incident, pictured in 2013
DateJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
SummaryCompressor stall, subsequent fuel jettison
SiteSouth Los Angeles, California, United States
Aircraft typeBoeing 777-232ER
OperatorDelta Air Lines
IATA flight No.DL89
ICAO flight No.DAL89
Call signDELTA 89
Flight originLos Angeles International Airport
DestinationShanghai Pudong International Airport
Ground casualties
Ground injuries56+

Delta Air Lines Flight 89 was a planned flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). On January 14, 2020, the Boeing 777-232ER (registered N860DA) had engine problems after taking off. While returning to the airport, the plane dumped fuel over homes and schools. This made 56 people injured.

Aircraft[change | change source]

The incident aircraft, N860DA, is a Boeing 777 which flies for Delta Air Lines.[1][2]

Flight[change | change source]

On January 14, 2020, the aircraft took off at 11:32 a.m.[1] After a few minutes, the pilots told air traffic control they had a compressor stall in their right engine. The pilots said they did not need to dump fuel.[3]

While flying over Los Angeles, the plane dumped fuel. Many schools were hit by this fuel, including Park Avenue Elementary School. Students in Park Avenue were covered in jet fuel.[4]

Afterward[change | change source]

First responders helped students and staff at schools. At least 56 children and adults had injuries to their skin and lungs.

The aircraft started more flights on January 24.[5] On October 4, it was retired with all Delta Air Line's Boeing 777's.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bogel-Burroughs, Nicholas; Lyons, Patrick J. (January 15, 2020). "Delta Airplane Dumps Jet Fuel on Los Angeles Schools". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  2. "Tracking Delta Flight 89's path before it dumped fuel on an elementary school". Los Angeles Times. January 14, 2020. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  3. Dazio, Stefanie (January 15, 2020). "FAA investigating Delta jet fuel-dumping on schoolkids". CTV News. CTV Television Network. Associated Press. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  4. "Elementary school kids doused as jet dumps fuel before emergency landing". Los Angeles Times. 2020-01-14. Retrieved 2020-01-27.
  5. "Flight history for aircraft - N860DA". Flightradar24. Flightradar24. Retrieved 2020-01-24.