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New Jet-fuel Contamination Incidents with Diesel Exhaust Fluid Reported

Two jets experienced engine failure but landed safely after receiving fuel contaminated with diesel exhaust fluid at a Florida airport.

There were no injuries in the May 9 incidents that resembled occurrences in 2018 and 2017 which triggered FAA warnings and prompted intensive industry review of aircraft-fueling practices and personnel training, with recommendations to be published soon.

According to the FAA, the two Cessna Citation 550 twinjets received fuel at Punta Gorda Airport that had been contaminated with diesel exhaust fluid, or DEF, which was added erroneously to the fuel supply carried by a fuel truck. DEF is a urea-based chemical that is used to reduce diesel-engine emissions under a federal environmental mandate. READ MORE (AOPA)