LOS ANGELES (KETK) – Dozens of people on Tuesday were treated by health officials in Los Angeles on Tuesday after a Delta jet dumped fuel over schools during an emergently shortly after taking off from Los Angeles International Airport.
At least 20 of those injured were children and they experienced breathing trouble and skin irritations after being exposed to the fuel, according to an NBC report.
“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 in a statement.
Delta flight 89 has just departed for Shanghai when it experienced an engine issue that required it turn around toward LAX. The plane landed safely after the fuel release, but the pilots did not tell air traffic control that they were performing it in the first place.
The Federal Aviation Administration said that there are specific procedures for dumping fuel when near a major 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.”
If the control tower had been notified by the flight crew, they would have been instructed to do the release over a much less populated area.