Multiple Students Treated After Plane Reportedly Dumps Fuel on Elementary School Playground

Clay Curtis
January 15, 2020

The fire department said those injured suffered minor injuries and no one was taken to hospital.

All of the injuries at Park Avenue Elementary School in suburban Cudahy were said to be minor and none of the victims needed hospitalization, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said on Twitter.

In a statement to AFP, a Delta spokesperson said the fuel was released to allow the plane to land safely.

Initial reports indicated the area smelled of jet fuel, and firefighters later confirmed that was the type of substance dropped.

The Los Angeles Unified School District said its health and safety inspectors were working to ensure the outside areas of the schools are safe for attendance.

The jet, a Delta Airlines Boeing 777, heading to Shanghai had mechanical issues and was returning to Los Angeles International Airport shortly after takeoff - when it started dripping fuel, according to KTLA5.

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No evacuations were immediately ordered.

Later in the day, the LACoFD revealed that the number of patients had risen to 44, with minor injuries being reported from other schools in Los Angeles, including Tweedy Elementary and Gabriel Elementary in South Gate, as well as Graham Elementary in Florence Graham.

The Federal Aviation Administration recommends that fuel dumping be done above 5,000 to 6,000 feet above ground level because at that altitude more than 90% of the fuel will have evaporated.

Video that appeared to show a plane dumping jet fuel over the area was shared heavily on social media.

The school is the city of Cudahy, about 13 miles east of LAX and on the approach to the runways typically in use.

It landed safely back at LAX, multiple outlets reported. It can be cleaned by using a de-greaser, like dish soap. Compresses, creams, and ointments also can help promote healing, according to the site.

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