Dozens of children have been treated for skin complaints after an airliner making an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) dumped fuel on three schools.
According to police, 28 students and adults were affected at Park Avenue Elementary – and 12 others at 93rd Street Elementary. Jordan High was also affected, but no one was treated there.
All the schools are in the Cudahy area of southeastern Los Angeles County, about 13 miles east of the airport.
Delta Airlines Flight 89 had just taken off for Shanghai when it declared an emergency and returned to LAX, dumping fuel as it went.
Shortly afterwards people on the ground began to complain of a strong smell of aviation fuel and some experienced irritation when it came into contact with their skin.
The school district authority said paramedics were called immediately and those affected washed down with soap and water. No one needed hospital treatment.
In a statement, Delta said Flight 89 “experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return to LAX. The aircraft landed safely after an emergency fuel release to reduce landing weight”.