Plane dumps fuel on US school

Elias Hubbard
January 15, 2020

Rescue crews are evaluating several people after a jetliner approaching the Los Angeles International Airport appears to have dumped jet fuel on an elementary school playground Tuesday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Officials did not provide the name of the school, but Sky5 video showed multiple first responder units - including ambulances - at the scene of Park Avenue Elementary School, which is about 14 miles east of Los Angeles International Airport.

Los Angeles School Police Department has confirmed that apart from Park Avenue Elementary, another two schools - 93rd St Elementary and Jordan High School - have been affected by the incident.

"Students and staff were on the playground at the time and may have been sprayed by fuel or inhaled fumes", the district said. All of the injuries were described as minor, and nobody was taken to a local hospital from the school.

Firefighters were working to confirm the nature of the substance.

The department said in a second tweet that "70 firefighters and paramedics on-scene and committed to providing care for those injured".

The plane performed an emergency fuel dump after experiencing mechanical problems taking off from LAX.

"An airplane making an emergency landing today at #LAX discharged fuel while flying over our school", the Los Angeles Unified School District said in a statement".

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