Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jet fuel dumped on Los Angeles school playground

Jet fuel dumped on Los Angeles school playground

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said 20 children and 11 adults were treated for minor injuries when the fuel fell in the playground of Park Avenue Elementary in Cudahy.

A Delta spokesman said: "Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return to LAX".

An email and telephone message seeking comment was left with the airline.

The Federal Aviation Administration has several requirements in place for when a plane must dump fuel.

"Students and staff were on the playground at the time and may have been sprayed by fuel or inhaled fumes", the Los Angeles Unified School district said in a statement.

The school district said in a statement that paramedics were immediately called to treat anyone complaining of "skin irritation or breathing problems" and that its environmental health and safety office also responded.

The Times said that police could be seen driving behind the jet with sirens as it landed at LAX.

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The Los Angeles County Fire Department has confirmed the dropped substance is jet fuel.

At 3:26 p.m, The fire department tweeted that 3 units are on scene at 8000 Park Avenue.

Parents were notified to pick up their children near the school, which is about 16 miles east of the airport.

Other students had been evacuated from the elementary school following the incident, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokeswoman said.

However, when the jet fuel dumping is an emergency, the planes don't necessarily have to follow all of these requirements, the FAA states. The flight landed safely at LAX.

"There are special fuel-dumping procedures for aircraft operating into and out of any major US airport", the agency said. Alan De Leon, who shot the video, told CNN he heard a loud whistle, smelled jet fuel and felt irritation in his eyes. It can be cleaned by using a de-greaser, like dish soap.

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