LAX-Bound Aircraft Dumps Fuel On 4 Elementary Schools, Minor Injuries Reported

Matt Hartman, AP

In this image from video, Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai, China, dumps fuel over Los Angeles before returning to Los Angeles International Airport for a safe emergency landing on Tuesday. Fire officials say fuel apparently dumped by the plane fell onto an elementary school playground.

Updated at 6:43 p.m. ET

Teams treated children and adults for minor injuries at four suburban Los Angeles elementary schools Tuesday after a Delta Airlines flight dumped jet fuel on the way to an emergency landing.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said 20 children and 11 adults were treated for minor injuries when the fuel fell in the playground of Park Avenue Elementary in Cudahy. First responders also treated six people at Tweedy Elementary and six at San Gabriel Elementary in South Gate, along with one at Graham Elementary in Florence-Graham.

None of the patients was taken to the hospital.

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

The FAA said it is investigating the incident and that when fuel is dumped, it is supposed to be over “designated unpopulated areas.”

The LA Unified School District said students and staff complained of skin irritation or breathing difficulties.

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