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BREAKING: Delta Plane Allegedly Dumps Fuel Near Two Elementary Schools, Makes Emergency Landing

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Los Angeles fire crews on scene after a Delta Air Lines flight returning to LAX for an emergency landing purportedly dumped fuel — near two elementary schools in the city of Cudahy, CA.

KTLA News reports approximately 20 patients at Park Avenue Elementary are being treated for skin irritation. UPDATE, 1:23 PM PST: KTLA says the number is now 28 patients.  

UPDATE, 3:00 PM PST: KTLA’s Sara Welch reports 44 patients — including 31 at Park Avenue Elementary — in the area were treated for eye and skin irritation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the flight was DL89, a 777-200 en route to Shanghai. Tom Podolec Aviation writes the plane experienced engine failure on departure.

Freelance photographer Matt Hartman posted a video of what appears to be the afflicted aircraft. And there’s this footage, as well:

According to the LA County Fire Department, 70 firefighters are on scene.

Given the plane was set to travel such a long distance and suffered an emergency, it obviously had to dump a lot of fuel. It’s unfortunate it was in such a populated area.

— Chris

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2 Comments

  1. Ariel Kayne Reply

    Curious how much of that fuel dissipated before hitting the ground…

    • @Ariel Kayne: Not sure but a news report said some cars had a coating of “diesel” (their word) — but probably meant jet fuel.

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