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Delta Air Lines Flight 89
N860DA, the Boeing 777 involved in the incident, pictured in 2013
Incident summary
Date January 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
Summary Compressor stall, subsequent fuel jettison
Place South Los Angeles, California, United States
Passengers 149
Crew 16
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Fatalities 0
Survivors 165
Aircraft type Boeing 777-232ER
Airline/user Delta Air Lines
Registration N860DA
Flew from Los Angeles International Airport
Flying to Shanghai Pudong International Airport

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

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

Flight

On January 14, 2020, the aircraft took off at 11:32 a.m. 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.

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.

Afterward

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. On October 4, it was retired with all Delta Air Line's Boeing 777's.

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