40 affected after jet dumps fuel on Los Angeles school playgrounds

Authorities say a jetliner making an emergency return dropped the fuel over two elementary schools and one high school


Updated on Jan. 14 at 5:18 p.m. CST:

Officials say a Delta Air Lines flight making an emergency return dropped fuel onto three Los Angeles schools, affecting about 40 people. Patients experienced mild irritation, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Henry Narvaez.

Two elementary schools and one high school were affected. None of the patients needed to be taken to the hospital, officials said. 

This aerial photo provided by KABC shows Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Fuel apparently dumped by an aircraft returning to Los Angeles International Airport fell onto an elementary school playground Tuesday, fire officials said. (Photo/KABC via AP)
This aerial photo provided by KABC shows Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Fuel apparently dumped by an aircraft returning to Los Angeles International Airport fell onto an elementary school playground Tuesday, fire officials said. (Photo/KABC via AP)

Associated Press

CUDAHY, Calif. — Fuel apparently dumped by an aircraft returning to Los Angeles International Airport fell onto an elementary school playground Tuesday, fire officials said.

Firefighters were assessing “multiple patients” at the school in the suburban city of Cudahy, California, the Los Angeles Fire Department public information officer tweeted.

The flight tracking website FlightAware shows that Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai, China, departed LAX and circled back over Southern California and returned to the airport on Tuesday.

News footage at the scene showed numerous police and emergency vehicles at the school. It is located about 13 miles (24 kilometers) miles east of Los Angeles.

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

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman did not have any immediate information.

 

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