At least 40 people were treated after a Delta Airlines plane dumped jet fuel before making an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday.
Delta Boeing 777 on flight 89, from LAX to Shanghai, China, dumped fuel over five elementary schools and one high school following engine compressor stall after takeoff from Los Angeles Airport.
The most heavily affected school was Park Avenue Elementary in Cudahy, where 20 children and 11 adults reported minor injuries. The school is about 19 miles east of the airport.
The other schools affected were San Gabriel Elementary, Graham Elementary, Tweedy Elementary, 93rd Street Elementary and Jordan High School.
After checking all of the affected schools later Tuesday, hazardous materials experts said there was no more danger, fire department officials said. All schools will be open and operating on their normal schedules Wednesday.
The FAA said on Tuesday: “There are special fuel-dumping procedures for aircraft operating into and out of any major US airport.
These procedures call for fuel to be dumped over designated unpopulated areas, typically at higher altitudes so the fuel atomizes and disperses before it reaches the ground.
The FAA’s requirement says; If an aircraft is dumping fuel in IFR conditions, assign an altitude at least 2,000 feet above the highest obstacle within 5 miles of the route or pattern being flown.
Separate known aircraft from the aircraft dumping fuel as follows:
IFR aircraft by one of the following:
1,000 feet above it; or in accordance with Paragraph 4-5-1, Vertical Separation Minima, whichever is greater.
2,000 feet below it.
5 miles radar.
5 miles laterally.
— NewsBlog | breaking (@NBbreaking) January 14, 2020