Jet plane dumps fuel over elementary school yard

A Delta plane that was preparing for an emergency landing dumped thousands of gallons of fuel over a string of Los Angeles elementary schools, causing 60 people to suffer minor skin and eye injuries.
2:16 | 01/15/20

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Now to the demand for answers after that delta jet dumped fuel over multiple los Angeles schools injuring dozens of students and adults. Zachary kiesch has new details. A triple seven was dumping fuel. Reporter: This is the moment a delta jet preparing for an emergency landing sprays thousands of gallons of fuel over a string of Los Angeles elementary schools. There were kids outside on the playground when that toxic fuel rained down in a mist. We did have a fuel drop here. We smell it. We have an unknown number of people exposed. My friend said it was -- it was raining and there was no clouds. It was very strong, the odor. Reporter: Medics rushing to those affected areas. 60 people including children, teachers and parents at six different schools suffering from minor eye and skin injuries. Just coming home from your house and you see all this suddenly just thinking the worst. Reporter: According to delta shortly after taking off from L.A.X. And fueled up for a flight to Shanghai the jetliner experienced engine issues requiring it to return to the airport and dump the full load of fuel to reduce weight before Going to be heavy. Reporter: That jet was still dumping fuel below 2300 feet according to the FAA, the recommended level to rid the fuel is above 5,000 feet where the fuel evaporates before reaching the ground. Usually you want to dump actual out over the water or over a sparsely populated area. If you're going to dump it on the way to the airport over a city, you really need to have an urgent reason to do so. Reporter: Overnight delta telling ABC news, it was required as part of a normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight. Adding they share concerns regarding reported minor injuries to adults and children at a school in the area. You could smell that fuel when we arrived here yesterday. But still unclear exactly how much fuel was let go. That is one of a number of questions still out there. I can tell you that school is scheduled to be back in session today, robin. Still so many questions as you said. Thank you.

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