Plane dumps fuel over school in emergency landing to LAX

Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai China dumps fuel over Los Angeles before returning to Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency landing Jan. 14 2020

Students injured after plane dumps fuel on school playground

In November 2019, Philippine Airlines flight PR113 returned to land at Los Angeles International Airport after suffering an engine failure on departure, according to the Aviation Safety Network. Delta is in touch with Los Angeles World Airports and the LA County Fire Department as well as community leaders, and shares concerns regarding reports of minor injuries to adults and children at schools in the area.

The school, identified as Park Avenue Elementary School by NBC Los Angeles, is located approximately 15 miles east of LAX.

There are rules about where the fuel can be dumped, he said, but if a plane declares an emergency - which Flight 89 did - it can be dumped at any point. They stated that there are some special fuel-dumping procedures for aircraft.

An airport worker guides a Delta Air Lines Airbus A319-100 plane on the tarmac at LAX in Los Angeles, California, US, Jan. 6, 2020.

Park Avenue Elementary fifth-grader Justin Guiti said the fuel sprayed all over him and got into his eye.

"I'm very upset", said Cudahy Mayor Elizabeth Alcantar to the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview.

Shortly afterward, the air filled with the pungent odor of fuel.

Seventeen children and nine adults complaining of skin irritation were treated on the spot by the emergency services, none required to be transported to a hospital.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said there is investigation. If the plane had been higher, at 10,000 feet, the fuel would never have reached the ground because it's atomized as it is released from the wings.

It said no evacuation orders are in place and the substance was confirmed as jet fuel.

Fire crews and several ambulances responded to six Los Angeles-area schools Tuesday after a plane reportedly dumped fuel while flying over the area.

"It was very strong", the 12-year-old said.

Structural reasons - "A heavier airplane could cause unnecessary damage to the aircraft upon landing".

Whether the instruction to release the fuel came from ground control at Delta operations, the ultimate decision-maker would be the pilot, who would have been aware he was flying over a residential area rather than the ocean or other unpopulated area, Ditchey said. To make matters even worse, the location where the fuel landed happened to be an elementary school.

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