L.A. City Fire says 2 classes were outside when liquid jet fuel rained down on them from the sky shortly before noon Pacific time.
BREAKING NEWS: Delta Airlines flight 89 from Los Angeles to Shanghai was nearing LAX in an emergency landing sequence when it dumped fuel on a school playground, and the kids and teachers who were outside.
• Authorities say 17 children and 9 adults were treated for minor injuries.
• The FAA has declared an emergency.
• Delta says the jet experienced an engine issue requiring return to LAX.
• Plane landed safely after the emergency fuel release to reduce landing weight.
As of 130PM Pacific time, LA County Fire Department said,
“Patient count updated to 17 children, 9 adults. All minor injuries with no transports to local hospital from school. There are no evacuation orders for the immediate area. Substance was confirmed JET FUEL.”
Parents are asked to refer to the school for plans to pick up their child.
Video below from eyewitness @SujeyHernandez.
Delta Airlines told reporters within an hour of the disaster, “Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return to LAX. The aircraft landed safely after an emergency fuel release to reduce landing weight."
An airplane returning to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning dropped jet fuel onto a school playground, striking several students at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, officials said. Delta Flight 89 had taken off from LAX with 149 passengers on board and was en route to Shanghai when it turned around and headed back to the L.A. airport.
“Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return to LAX,” Delta spokesperson Adrian Gee said. “The aircraft landed safely after an emergency fuel release to reduce landing weight.” The Los Angeles County Fire Department said that more than 70 firefighters and paramedics are at the school assessing multiple patients. Los Angeles City Fire is also at the scene.
IMAGE - Emergency vehicles converged on Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy after a jet dropped fuel onto a playground. (KTLA)