Schools evacuated in Los Angeles after plane dumps fuel in emergency landing

Students leave Cudahy Elementary School with their parents as they are evacuated after a LAX-bound aircraft dumped fuel over the school in Los Angeles, California, USA. EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT

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A passenger plane has dumped fuel over several schools as it made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport.

At least 60 people, many of them children, were treated for skin irritation and breathing problems.

Fuel may be dumped in emergency landings, but only over designated areas and at a high altitude, aviation rules stipulate.

The Delta Airlines flight returned to the airport due to an engine issue.

All the children and adults treated following the dumping incident were connected with at least six local schools. All the injuries are said to be minor.

At Park Elementary School in Cudahy, some 16 miles (26km) east of the airport, two classes were outside when the fuel was released.

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