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Wash. state won’t fine airline for dumping fuel

Washington state's ecology department may fine Seoul-based Asiana Airlines over a plane that dumped fuel over Puget Sound before an emergency landing at the Seattle airport.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The state of Washington says it won’t fine Asiana Airlines for a fuel dump over Puget Sound from a plane that made an emergency landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Dale Jensen of the state ecology department said Wednesday the plane dumped the fuel April 29 to help safely land the plane and save lives. He says the pilot had to act quickly during the emergency, including making the plane lighter for landing.

Fuel usually evaporates in the air. The department said some of the 5,000 gallons released from the plane reached water.

The plane heading to Seoul reported engine problems shortly after takeoff. Airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt has said a compressor stall likely caused the problems.