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Jetliner Dumps Fuel on LA School Playground

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 January 2020 03:58 PM

Several students and school staff were treated for skin irritations Tuesday after a plane leaving Los Angeles International Airport dumped jet fuel over three schools while turning back to the airport due to an engine problem shortly after takeoff.

Delta Air Lines confirmed that one of its planes dumped the fuel, after it suffered an engine problem that required it to turn back after it left LAX enroute to Shanghai, China, reports KNBC in Los Angeles.

The fuel was released to reduce the plane's landing weight and allow it to land safely, officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed in a statement that "Delta Air Lines Flight 89 declared an emergency after departing from LAX, returned to the airport and landed without incident.

The FAA is aware of and looking into reports that children at a school east of LAX are being treated for fuel exposure."

The plane is a Boeing 777, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The FAA has several rules in place for planes that find it necessary to dump jet fuel, which can be a skin irritant.

Jet fuel can irritate the skin, causing a burning sensation and possibly a rash. It can be cleaned by using a de-greaser, like dish soap.

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, 17 children and 9 adults at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, a small city in Los Angeles County were treated after the fuel landed on them while they were outside on the school's playground.

Park Avenue Elementary School sixth grader Josue Burgos told the LA Times that he was outside for gym class when it felt like it was raining. He said he looked up and saw a plane heading toward the campus, and "we thought it was rain, but then we knew it was throwing gas on us, and everybody started to run."

He said fuel landed on his sweater, shirt, and shorts and the liquid “smelled bad,” he said. "It wasn't water."

"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. "Schools immediately called paramedics, who are on the scene and are treating anyone who is complaining of skin irritation or breathing problems."

Los Angeles School Police said on Twitter that nearby Jordan High School and 93rd Street Elementary School also were affected by the jet fuel dump. No students from any of the three schools, or adults, were hospitalized after the incident. The Los Angeles County Fire Department, shortly after the incident, tweeted at around 12:30 p.m. local time that units were "on-scene elementary school assessing multiple patients after apparent fuel dump by aircraft on final approach to LAX hits playground."

Initial reports did not immediately indicate if anyone was seriously injured, but the department posted later on Twitter that "17 children and 6 adults (23 patients total) all complaining of minor injuries being triaged by LACoFD Paramedics and Firefighters."

The department later updated the total to 17 children and 9 adults, said there are no evacuation orders for the area, and confirmed the substance dumped as jet fuel. All of the injuries were described as minor, and nobody was taken to a local hospital from the school.

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