Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Plane dumps fuel over schools in emergency landing

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

At least 40 people, most of them children, are being treated for skin irritation and breathing problems.

Fuel may be dumped in emergency landings, but only over designated areas and at a high altitude, aviation rules stipulate.

The Delta Airlines flight returned to the airport due to an engine issue.

All of the injuries are said to be minor.

At Park Elementary School in Cudahy, some 16 miles (26km) east of the airport, two classes were outside when the fuel was released.

Elizabeth Alcantar, mayor of Cudahy, told the newspaper: "I'm very upset. This is an elementary school, these are small children."

Delta Airlines confirmed in a statement that the passenger plane had released fuel to reduce its landing weight.