Washington state may fine airline for dumping fuel


SEATTLE — Washington state’s ecology department may fine Asiana Airlines over a plane that dumped fuel over Puget Sound before an emergency landing at Sea-Tac Airport.

Department spokesman Curt Hart said Tuesday that some of the jet fuel dumped last week reached the water.

Hart says the state action will depend on the investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board. He says the state does not want to discourage necessary emergency actions. Fuel usually evaporates in the air.

The Boeing 777 with 192 people on board landed safely. Sea-Tac spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt says preliminary indications are that a compressor stall caused the engine problem.