On Tuesday, a Delta jet was returning to LAX airport when it dropped its jet fuel on a grade school playground.
Several children at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy were struck by the fuel. The Delta Flight 89 had left LAX with 149 passengers and was headed to Shanghai when it made a U-turn and headed back to LAX.
“Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return to LAX,” a spokesperson from Delta Adrian Gee stated. “The aircraft landed safely after an emergency fuel release to reduce landing weight.”
Seventy firefighters and paramedics from the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the school. Seventeen children and nine adults required treatment for minor injuries.
Two classes were outside on the playground when the jet fuel poured down on them just before noon. Students and teachers were instructed to go back inside and stay there until otherwise instructed.
Officials at the school demanded answers about why the fuel was dumped over the school.
Elizabeth Alcantar, the mayor of Cudahy said the school was next door to Cudahy City Hall.
“I’m very upset,” she stated. “This is an elementary school, these are small children.”
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
The incident has raised several questions about environmental safety and the path that flights take over the city.
“Sadly, our entire community has been adversely impacted by this incident, including dozens of children. 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.
The jet was able to land safely at LAX shortly after it dumped the fuel. As the plane began making its landing police could be seen driving behind the plane with lights on and sirens blaring.