Jetliner Dumps Fuel on LA School Playground

Jetliner Dumps Fuel on LA School Playground

Jetliner Dumps Fuel on LA School Playground

The plane reportedly suffered a compressor stall on taking off, necessitating its return to LAX, but was too low to safely dump fuel, which typically evaporates before hitting the ground, according to local media.

Seventeen children and six adults are being treated after an aircraft approaching LAX apparently dumped fuel on an elementary school playground in Cudahy on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that Delta Flight 89 bound for Shanghai, China, declared an emergency shortly after takeoff and returned to LAX.

They said 70 firefighters and paramedics were on scene assessing multiple patients, adding that there were no transports to local hospital from the schools.

'Students and staff were on the playground at the time and may have been sprayed by fuel or inhaled fumes, ' the district said.

Initial reports indicated the area smelled of jet fuel after the drop, but firefighters are still working to confirm the type of substance, according to the department.

"An airplane making an emergency landing today at #LAX discharged fuel while flying over our school", the Los Angeles Unified School District said in a statement".

Paramedics were immediately called to treat anyone complaining of 'skin irritation or breathing problems, ' it said.

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