Delta Airlines Flight 89 from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) returned to LAX shortly after takeoff after experiencing engine issues. The plane reportedly dumped its fuel over several schools before it made its emergency landing.
The BBC reported that at least 60 people, mostly children, were treated for skin irritation and breathing problems and those treated were connected with at least six local schools. The injuries are said to be minor.
Fuel may be dumped in emergency landings, but only over designated areas and at a high altitude, aviation rules stipulate.
Delta Airlines released the following statement:
Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return quickly to LAX.
The aircraft landed safely after a release of fuel, which was required as part of normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight. Delta is in touch with Los Angeles World Airports and the LA County Fire Department as well as community leaders, and shares concerns regarding reports of minor injuries to adults and children at schools in the area.
Delta continues to investigate the issue. Individuals and property owners who believe they may have been affected by the jet fuel release can contact Delta at 800-441-5955 for more information.