Jet fuel dumped on school playground near Los Angeles

Cheryl Sanders
January 15, 2020

Shocking video shows two lines of fuel coming from the Boeing 777, which had been forced to turn back to the airport shortly after take off due to "an engine issue".

"The aircraft landed safely after a release of fuel, which was required as part of normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight".

"Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return quickly to LAX".

Parents were notified to pick up their children near the school, which is about 16 miles east of the airport.

The plane was apparently dumping fuel upon its return, KABC-TV reported.

Jet fuel can irritate the skin, causing a burning sensation and possibly a rash.

Most wounds can be cleaned using water and a "specific remedy against the particular toxic chemical".

Park Avenue sixth-grader Diego Martinez said he and his classmates were outside for physical education class when they saw the airplane flying low overhead. He said he looked up and saw a plane heading toward the campus, and "we thought it was rain, but then we knew it was throwing gas on us, and everybody started to run".

The fire department said the substance sickening the students and adults was confirmed to be jet fuel.

The LA Unified School District said students and staff complained of skin irritation or breathing difficulties.

The fire service had earlier tweeted: "Units on-scene elementary school assessing multiple patients after apparent fuel dump by aircraft on final approach to LAX hits playground".

Officials did not provide the name of the elementary school involved in the incident.

The children were given gowns so they could change out of their clothes, fire department inspector Sky Cornell said, adding there were no reports of injuries from other people in the area.

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