Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Airport Probe into Fuel Dump Mystery; Homeowners Claim Plane Jettisoned Kerosene onto Street

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Airport Probe into Fuel Dump Mystery; Homeowners Claim Plane Jettisoned Kerosene onto Street

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Byline: SARA NICHOL

AIRPORT bosses have launched an investigation after residents claimed a plane dumped fuel on their street.

Stunned homeowners in Heddon-on-the-Wall, in Northumberland, believe a passing aircraft dropped highly flammable liquid on their gardens and drives as it flew over their houses.

The potent, sticky substance, thought to be kerosene, covered three drives, lawns and around 80ft of Aquila Drive yesterday morning.

The council were called out to clean up the mess but locals said they could still smell it hours later.

Residents were today warned not to touch areas believed to be contaminated with the fuel and not to eat any garden produce.

Airport chiefs and the Civil Aviation Authority have now launched separate investigations to determine how the substance came to cover such a large area of the street.

But angry residents have said there can only be one explanation as to how the fuel got there.

Grandma-of-one Edith Simpson, 72, said: "It was everywhere, I couldn't believe it.

"It has to have come from a plane - there is no other explanation.

"I've just had a load of bricks delivered and they have a plastic sheet over them and there was fuel all over the top of the plastic sheet.

"I just think it's awful and extremely dangerous. There is a primary school just literally down the road, what would have happened if it landed on the kids when they were out playing? "It has to be fuel because you can smell it. I ran my hands over the grass on my lawn and it was sticky. You could smell fuel on my hands afterwards. I've just spent pounds 1,300 to lay two new lawns and the fuel will ruin them.

"I have an eight-year-old granddaughter who I look after through the school holidays.

It doesn't bear thinking about if she'd been over and playing outside."

According to the CAA, planes only dump fuel in an emergency situation when they have to land suddenly and need to shed weight. …

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