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FAA investigating claim woman got sprayed by jet fuel

Associated Press
Published March 25, 2005

TAMPA - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a woman's claim that she was sprayed by fuel dumped from a jet flying low over her neighborhood.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said a preliminary review showed no signs that any planes dumped fuel in that area, but there are plans to "double- and triple-check the radar data."

"We will identify all aircraft in that area, both departing and landing, within the given time period," Bergen said. "Then we will go back to the airlines to see if they can provide an explanation."

Vicki Morris, 51, a real estate agent, said she was walking in her neighborhood about 4 miles north of Tampa International Airport on Monday night when she might have heard a plane overhead, then felt a mist and detected a fuel odor.

Morris said she experienced difficulty breathing, plus had skin and scalp irritation.

FAA investigators will contact Morris and visit her neighborhood "to see where the location is and what the substance is," Bergen said.

[Last modified March 25, 2005, 01:00:17]

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