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US Officials: Jet fuel lands on Los Angeles school playgrounds

01:25  15 january  2020
01:25  15 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Fire officials say fuel apparently dumped by the aircraft returning to LAX fell onto an elementary school playground . In this photo from video, Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai, China dumps fuel over Los Angeles before returning to Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency

(AP) -- Jet fuel dumped by an aircraft returning to Los Angeles International Airport fell onto an elementary school playground where children were playing Tuesday, fire officials said. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said firefighters assessed 17 children and nine adults who

CUDAHY, Calif. (AP) — Fuel dumped by an airliner making an emergency return Tuesday to Los Angeles International Airport due to an engine problem fell onto three schools, causing minor irritation to 40 children and adults, officials said. 

The incident occurred around noon in the Cudahy area of southeastern Los Angeles County, about 13 miles (21 kilometers east of the airport.

Los Angeles Unified School District police Sgt. Rudy Perez said 28 students and adults were affected at Park Avenue Elementary and 12 others at 93rd Street Elementary, but none needed to be taken to hospitals.

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elementary schools where officials believe a plane had dumped fuel on the way to Los Angeles International Airport, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. A Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing at the airport, where it took off, as children in Los Angeles and Cudahy

A passenger plane has dumped fuel over a school playground as it made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport. At least 17 children and nine adults are being treated for skin irritation and breathing problems. Fuel may be dumped in emergencies, but aviation rules state that

Jordan High was also affected but no one was treated there, he said.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Henry Narvaez said the fuel had dissipated by the time it reached the ground but the children and adults could smell it.

Narvaez said the patients complained of mild skin irritation and were treated with soap and water.

There were no evacuation orders for the immediate area .

The school district said in a statement that paramedics were immediately called to treat anyone complaining of “skin irritation or breathing problems” and that its environmental health and safety office also responded.

Park Avenue sixth-grader Diego Martinez said he and his classmates were outside for physical education class when they saw the airplane flying low overhead.

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Officials say fuel apparently dumped by an aircraft returning to Los Angeles International Airport fell onto an elementary school playground . Fire crews were tending to multiple patients at an elementary school after reports of an aircraft that apparently dumped fuel onto the school

Officials in the Los Angeles area are investigating after an aircraft apparently dumped jet fuel Tuesday afternoon on a playground while en route Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said they responded to an elementary school shortly after noon in the 8000 block of Park Avenue in

“It was very close,” he said.

Shortly afterwards the air filled with the pungent odor of fuel.

“It was very strong, the odor,” the 12-year-old said.

Diego wasn’t doused but some of his friends complained that their skin was itching.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that Delta Air Lines Flight 89 headed to Shanghai, China, declared an emergency after leaving Los Angeles International Airport, returned and landed without incident.

The FAA said it was looking into the reports of schoolchildren being affected.

Delta Air Lines said in a statement that Flight 89 “experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return to LAX. The aircraft landed safely after an emergency fuel release to reduce landing weight.”

The FlightAware website's track of the flight showed the jet took off over the ocean and made an immediate turn back toward land and circled back over Southern California to approach the airport from the east.

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AP reporters John Antczak and Chris Weber contributed to this report from Los Angeles.

Delta jet fuel dump unlikely to cause long-term health problems, experts say .
LOS ANGELES - It's been days since a Delta jet experiencing engine trouble showered homes and schools in southeast Los Angeles with fuel, but Aldo Mauricio has continued to have difficulty breathing. Mauricio lives on Santa Ana Street in Cudahy just a few hundred feet from Park Avenue Elementary, where more than a dozen schoolchildren and teachers were treated after being doused with jet fuel. He says he has suffered from allergies for years, but his lingering breathing issues have made him nervous.

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