According to officials, over 50 school children and other people were injured when a crippled airliner dumped a load of jet fuel onto a playground while making an emergency landing in Cudahy, Los Angeles.
Videos of the incident showed the low-flying plane, which landed safely, with large twisting contrails of fuel coming from its wings, went viral on social media.
This is a Delta flight appearing to dump fuel over a primary school before landing in LA this morning.— Charles Croucher (@ccroucher9) January 14, 2020
70 firefighters and paramedics are on the scene assessing those affected. @9NewsAUS
At least 20 children were treated for minor injuries after being exposed to the jet fuel, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The department said more than 60 people were treated from seven schools in the area.
Shortly before this plane landed at LAX, it dumped what's believed to be fuel on an elementary school playground, hitting several students. LA County Fire said 70+ are on scene assessing multiple patients https://t.co/G5duAwTvUt pic.twitter.com/LsJaAOTfpg— Colleen Shalby (@CShalby) January 14, 2020
Two classes were in a playground at the Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy when the fuel rained down on them.
"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.
The school district confirmed that students and staff were being treated for skin irritation and breathing problems after being exposed to the fuel.
DELTA flight 89 to Shanghai dumping fuel, returning to LAX W/ unknown emergency pic.twitter.com/UQVnRuc0IA— Matt Hartman (@ShorealoneFilms) January 14, 2020
Flight 89 to Shanghai was trying to make it back to Los Angeles International Airport shortly after takeoff when it released the fuel “to reduce landing weight,” Delta’s airline spokesman said in a statement, which made no mention of the scores of victims the American airlines have injured.
Caught this in Bell Gardens over my house NEWS SAID IT DROPPED FUEL OVER AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN CUDAHY @KTLA @FOXLA @cnnbrk @UniNoticias @NBCLA @ABC7 @ABC @NBCNews @TelemundoNews pic.twitter.com/VG3HBpyYtn— Sujey Hernandez (@SujeyHernandez) January 14, 2020
The Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating the incident, stating that there are special fuel-dumping procedures for any aircraft operating from any major U.S. airport: “These procedures call for fuel to be dumped over designated unpopulated areas, typically at higher altitudes so the fuel atomizes and disperses before it reaches the ground."
UPDATE***— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) January 14, 2020
All PTs below evaluated by FF and released w/ minor inj-denying xport to hosp.
Park Ave Elem #Cudahy
31 patients (20 children & 11 adults) |
Tweedy Elem #SouthGate
6 patients |
Graham Elem #FlorenceGraham
1 adult patient |
San Gabriel Elementary #SouthGate 6 patients
The incident sparked social media fury, with activists demanding the American airline to compensate those who were injured and cover their medical expenses.
theyd better pay those ppls fucking medical expenses.— Cyberdumbass (@LordChoncho) January 14, 2020
Cudahy officials were enraged, and demanded to know why the fuel was dropped over the Park Avenue school.
“I’m very upset. This is an elementary school; these are small children,” Mayor Elizabeth Alcantar said in a statement.
Cudahy City Council member Jack Guerrero demanded a probe of the incident.
“Sadly, our entire community has been adversely impacted by this incident, including dozens of children,” he said.
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