LAX-Bound plane drops fuel on elementary school in Cudahy; 17 kids, 9 adults treated for injuries


Seventeen children and nine adults are being treated after an aircraft approaching LAX dumped fuel on an elementary school playground in Cudahy on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The incident was reported in the 8000 block of Park Avenue, the Fire Department tweeted shortly before 12:30 p.m.

A total of 23 patients complained of minor injuries and were triaged at the scene, officials said. None of the patients were transported.

Seventy firefighters and paramedics have responded to the multicasualty incident.

Officials did not provide the name of the school, but Sky5 video showed multiple first responder units — including ambulances — at the scene of Park Avenue Elementary School, which is about 14 miles east of Los Angeles International Airport.

Initial reports indicated the area smelled of jet fuel, and firefighters later confirmed that was the type of substance dropped.

No evacuations were immediately ordered.

The plane, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 777, had mechanical issues and landed safely at LAX just before noon, according to an airport spokesperson.

KTLA’s Nidia Becerra contributed to this report. 

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