Plane dumps fuel over school in emergency landing to LAX

Those injured suffered minor skin irritation

Park Avenue Elementary School sixth grader Josue Burgos told the LA Times that he was outside for gym class when it felt like it was raining.

Jet fuel apparently dumped from a Delta airliner fell onto at least one school in the Cudahy area today, prompting a massive hazardous-materials response but causing only minor irritation to 17 children and nine adults.

"The FAA is aware of and looking into reports that children at a school east of LAX are being treated for fuel exposure".

The plane landed safely back at LAX around noon.

In a statement provided to, a spokesperson for the airline said the plane experienced "engine issues" requiring an "emergency fuel release".

According to the FAA, planes making an emergency landing need to dump excess fuel so the aircraft can reach a safe weight for landing.

A passenger plane has dumped fuel over several schools as it made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport.

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The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement on Twitter saying that they are investigating into the incident.

"There are special fuel-dumping procedures for aircraft operating into and out of any major USA airport", the FAA said in a statement.

"It was very close", he said. In such situations the pilot may take the rare decision to dump fuel and reduce the aircraft's weight quickly.

"I am calling for a full federal investigation into the matter, and expect full accountability from responsible parties", Cudahy City Council Member Jack Guerrero said.

Shortly afterwards the air filled with the pungent odour of fuel. However, aerospace expert Doug Moss says pilots can deviate from those rules for safety reasons. However, pilots are encouraged not to dump fuel over populated areas, and to dump fuel at a high enough altitude that it dissipates before reaching the ground.

"A 777 flying nonstop to Shanghai is absolutely loaded with fuel", said Peter Goelz, a former NTSB managing director.

"It's a big "no no" for dumping fuel essentially near an airport area". He or she may choose to fly around in order to burn fuel. "Everybody's trying to do the best they can, but it's a fast-paced, dynamic ballgame, and there's not a lot of time to think. lives are at stake", Moss said. Unfortunately, there was collateral damage.

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