A Delta plane heading from Atlanta to Japan returned to the Atlanta airport Sunday morning after a smoky odor was reported coming from the aircraft’s landing gear.
The Federal Aviation Administration told Channel 2 Action News that a pilot on another flight reported smoke coming from Delta Flight 95’s landing gear just after take-off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
The Boeing 777 was carrying 291 people at the time.
A Delta spokesperson says the crew elected to return to Atlanta.
Upon return, the FAA says the aircraft flew at 7,000 feet to release fuel before landing.
“Pilots who return to an airport soon after departure may dump fuel to make the aircraft lighter before landing,” an FAA spokesperson said.
A Channel 2 Action News viewer took video of what appears to be fuel being dumped from the plane about five miles northwest of Fulton County Airport around 11:15 a.m. Sunday.
A Delta Airlines spokesperson denied that the plane dumped any fuel prior to its return to the airport.
The aircraft landed safely. All passengers deplaned while airport firefighters and Delta technicians inspected the plane.
Delta says the aircraft was cleared to return to service around 1 p.m. Sunday.
The passengers re-boarded the same plane and took off for Narita Airport in Japan.