Delta Jet Dumps Fuel Over Playground Filled with Children

By Jesse Sokolow on 15 January 2020
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A Delta aircraft taking off from LAX

A Delta Air Lines aircraft that was returning to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning dropped jet fuel onto a school playground, officials said. The action doused multiple pupils at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy.

Delta Flight 89 – a Boeing 777-200 – had taken off from LAX at 11:32 a.m. local  time with over 140 passengers on board,  and was en route to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, when it experienced an engine issue that forced it to return to the airport. The aircraft landed at LAX 25 minutes after takeoff.  The flight to Shanghai typically takes 14 hours and 15 minutes.

“Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return quickly to LAX,” the airline said in a statement on Tuesday. “The aircraft landed safely after a release of fuel, which was required as part of normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight.

The aircraft was at 2,300’ (701 m) when it dumped the fuel over the school.

Officials said that a total of 60 people were treated after exposure. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said in a statement that over 70 firefighters and paramedics treated 20 children and 11 adults at Park Avenue Elementary School.  The department said it had treated 29 adults and children at other schools in the area.

Delta said it is working with authorities in the area.

“Delta is in touch with Los Angeles World Airports and the L.A. County Fire Department as well as community leaders, and shares concerns regarding reports of minor injuries to adults and children at schools in the area.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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