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Jet dumps fuel that lands on school kids near LA

Submitted by on January 15, 2020 – 12:02 amNo Comment

An airliner with engine trouble dumped jet fuel that fell as a smelly mist on dozens of schoolchildren while the plane made an emergency return to Los Angeles International Airport.

Officials say the fuel, described by fire officials as a vapor, caused minor skin and lung irritation to 56 children and adults but nobody was taken to the hospital and the only decontamination required was soap and water.

Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai reported an engine problem only minutes after takeoff.

The pilot was asked whether he wanted to keep the aircraft over the ocean to dump fuel but declined, although it appears he may have changed his mind later about whether the plane could safely land weighing as much as it did.

The fuel sprayed out of the plane in two lines and descended in the city of Cudahy and nearby parts of Los Angeles County, about 13 miles east of the airport.