US LAUSD Teachers Affected By Jet Fuel Dump To File Lawsuit With Gloria Allred
Students Treated for Skin Irritation After Apparent Fuel-Dump From Plane Over School
About 20 students were treated by firefighter Tuesday after a plane that was approaching Los Angeles International Airport dumped fuel over a nearby community. Firefighters responded to an elementary school playground in the 8000 block of Park Avenue in Cudahy, about 15 miles east of LAX. About 20 students complained of skin irritation after the fuel dump, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. No one was transported to the hospital. Aerial video showed several ambulances at Park Avenue Elementary School. Details about why the plane dumped fuel were not immediately available. This story uses functionality that may not work in our app.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Teachers with the Los Angeles Unified School District who were impactedhave hired celebrity attorney Gloria Allred to file a lawsuit against Delta Airlines.
Allred announced that she will be holding a news conference late Friday morning with the teachers to announce the details of the lawsuit.
Just before noon Tuesday, Delta Flight No. 89 bound from L.A. International Airport to Shanghai was forced to turn back and make an emergency landing due to a mechanical issue.
Listen: Radio call to control tower raises questions about why jet fuel was dumped over Cudahy
A Delta Air Lines pilot was roughly five minutes into a flight from Los Angeles International Airport en route to Shanghai on Tuesday when he radioed to the airport control tower that he was having problems with the right engine on the jetliner. "We have an emergency at this time," the pilot says calmly, according to a recording obtained at LiveATC.net, a website that streams and archives air traffic control audio. "We need to return to LAX for [an] engine compressor stall."Less than a minute later, a controller asks whether the pilot needs to return to the airport immediately or needs to "hold to burn fuel.
In the process, the jet did an emergency dump of fuel which, including Park Elementary Avenue School in Cudahy and San Gabriel Avenue Elementary and Tweedy Elementary in South Gate. About 20 more L.A. Unified School District campuses were also impacted. Dozens of students and teachers got jet fuel on their clothes, face and arms.
Park Avenue Elementary took the brunt of the fuel hit, with 31 patients treated there. Six were treated at Tweedy and another six at San Gabriel, according to the L.A. County Fire Department.
No one required transport to a hospital. All the impacted schools were open and operating normally Wednesday.
Questions have since arisen aftertelling LAX air traffic control the plane would not need to dump fuel, which it subsequently did.
According to Delta, the plane began dropping fuel at an elevation of 8,000 feet and continued at least until it hit the 2,300-foot mark. The FAA confirmed to CBS News it also found that the Delta crew did not tell air traffic control the plane needed to dump fuel.
Air crews will typically notify controllers of an emergency and indicate the need to dump fuel. Controllers, in turn, will then direct the plane to an area appropriate for such action.
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