LAX-Bound Plane Drops Jet Fuel on Elementary School


According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, a Delta jetliner landing at LAX dumped what is believed to be jet fuel over an elementary school playground in the Cudahy area Tuesday. 

The fuel is believed to have come from Delta Air Lines flight 89, which was bound for Shanghai, China, and took off from Los Angeles International Airport about 11:15 a.m., but had to return to the airfield after developing an unknown mechanical problem.

Twenty kids and 11 adults were checked outt Park Elementary for minor symptoms after plane dropped jet fuel in the area, says an LACFD spokeperson. No one was taken to hospital.

Seventeen children and nine adults at Park Avenue Elementary getting checked out for minor symptoms after plane dropped jet fuel in the area, says LACFD spox. No one taken to hospital. @KNX1070

— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) January 14, 2020

LAFD also responded to Jordan High School and 93rd Elementary, which are both within the city limits of Los Angeles, for exposure to an unconfirmed substance that fell from above after an aircraft passed over the school at a relatively low altitude (substance reportedly smelled like fuel).

No one was transported by LAFD to the hospital. All patients were released on scene to parents or family members. Additionally, the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to different schools nearby that are outside the City of LA, within the areas the LA County Fire is responsible for.

Parents waiting outside elementary school in Cudahy after plane reportedly dumped some fuel in the area. Some students getting checked out. @KNX1070

— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) January 14, 2020

UPDATE*** 70 firefighters and paramedics on-scene and committed to providing care for those injured. FFs working to confirm substance dropped by aircraft, although initial reports stated smell of jet fuel in area.

— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) January 14, 2020

About 70 firefighters were called to the 8000 blocks of Park Avenue around 12:30 p.m. 

The Los Angeles Unified School District issued a statement saying, "Students and staff were on the playground at the time and may have been sprayed by fuel or inhaled fumes. (School officials) immediately called paramedics, who are on the scene and are treating anyone who is complaining of skin irritation or breathing problems."

According to the district, school officials were "visiting every classroom to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff."

Representatives of the district's Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Los Angeles School Police also responded to the school.

MCI | FS163 | 8000 Park Ave #Cudahy | BN 13 and 3 units on-scene elementary school assessing multiple patients after apparent fuel dump by aircraft on final approach to LAX hits playground.

— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) January 14, 2020

Firefighters are investigating what exactly the substance is, although it reportedly smelled like jet fuel. 

CNS contributed to this story.