Jetliner dumped fuel over schools in Los Angeles and left at least 44 students and staff injured
At least 44 students and staff members were injured in Los Angeles after a jetliner dumped its load of fuel over schools before making an emergency landing at LA International Airport.
The incident caused a massive response of firefighters and ambulances at the area. About 20 students and 11 adults at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy were treated from injuries such as irritation to the skin and eyes. However, no one of reported injured didn’t need hospitalization.
Fire crews responded to five more schools in the area which reported of the same injuries. In the adjacent city of Downey, the fire department said it received calls from concerned residents and had sent out a reverse 911 call advising that windows and doors be kept closed.
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
"Everyone is going through decon," Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sky Cornell told KTLA-TV at Park Avenue Elementary, referring to decontamination. "We do have constant monitoring going on right now.”
The plane, which is the twin-engine Delta Air Lines jetliner landed without incident after it reported of engine troubles right after the takeoff. This trouble eventually triggered the drop of fuel which is a normal procedure before emergency landing in order to reduce the aircraft’s weight.
Delta said it has been in contact with officials about the reported injuries at the schools. And airport executives said they, too, are monitoring the situation.
"We are concerned about impacts on the ground from the fuel release, and are in close communication with Delta and first responders as their investigations continue," the airport said in a statement.