Delta Airlines jet flying from Los Angeles to Shanghai on Tuesday was forced to make an emergency landing at LAX – and dropped kerosene over the city, including children playing outside at Park Elementary School Avenue in Cudahy.
The Los Angeles Times reported:
Delta flight 89 had taken off from LAX with 149 passengers and was on its way to Shanghai when it turned around and returned to the airport due to engine problems.
The pilots flew – a Boeing 777 – north of Malibu within four minutes of takeoff at 11:32 a.m., according to Flightradar24, a company that maintains trajectory data for airlines around the world.
According to Flightradar24, Tuesday’s flight never exceeded 8,000 feet and was approximately 2,300 feet when it flew over Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy at 11:53 a.m. The plane sprayed fuel for school children in below.
CBS News reported that three schools were affected:
The pilot reported that the compressor stalled in the right engine – damage that could occur due to a malfunction or when a foreign object such as a bird struck an engine. Damage can reduce engine thrust or cause a fire in the worst cases.
Fuel spurted into two wing streams and fell at noon in the city of Cudahy and neighboring parts of Los Angeles County, about 13 miles east of the airport.
The vapor landed directly on three campuses in the Unified School District of Los Angeles and about 20 others suffered some effects from the smell of fuel being discharged at higher altitudes, the district said in a statement.
The fuel, described by firefighters as a vapor, caused minor skin and lung irritation to 56 children and adults, but no one was rushed to hospital and the only decontamination required was soap and soap. officials said.
All schools were cleaned up overnight.
At least one observer saw the action in a video posted on Twitter:
I caught it in the Bell Gardens above my house.
– Sujey Hernandez (@SujeyHernandez) January 14, 2020
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating. The question arises whether the pilots needed to empty the fuel, or if they could have avoided doing so, or have done so in an unpopulated area.
The students returned to school on Wednesday as usual.
Joel B. Pollak is a senior editor at Breitbart News. He obtained an A.B. in social and environmental science and public policy from Harvard College, and a doctorate in law from Harvard Law School. He is a recipient of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Scholarship. He is also co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.