A United Airlines jet preparing for an emergency landing dumped 330 gallons of fuel over a suburb, spraying a group of children and new cars.
The Boeing 727 carrying 83 people returned safely to O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday after a faulty air duct activated a fire warning light on takeoff for Salt lake City, authorities said. No evidence of fire was found.Anne Tartol, a bicycle-safety instructor, was teaching 32 8-year-olds in Mount Prospect when the jet passed overhead.
"I looked up. We felt a spray, like a mist. There was smoke around the plane. Our sunglasses filmed over. We smelled awful," she said. "The kids started saying it was snowing."
Mount Prospect Fire Department Lt. Art Felski said the exposure was probably only minimal and that there was little health risk.
Ordinarily, a jet making an emergency landing dumps its fuel over an uninhabited area or from a high enough altitude that it evaporates before reaching the ground.