The majority of the reported injuries occurred after a substance apparently landed around Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, a city in Los Angeles County, shortly before 12 p.m. local time, the L.A. County Fire Department said. There was some technical problem in this aircraft, due to which the landing of that aircraft was done safely through the fuel dumping process at Los Angeles.
There are maximum takeoff and landing weights for aircraft, so for a plane with full fuel tanks to land, it must dump the fuel to avoid potentially crashing upon landing, said CNN aviation safety analyst David Soucie. Thus, it is required to be of a certain weight.
"Flight crews will usually notify air traffic control of an emergency and indicate that they have to drain fuel", said a FAA statement.
The Los Angeles Times obtained audio of the conversation, quoting a controller asking the Delta pilot about fuel. We put it back under control.More news: More people in Saskatchewan getting their flu shot: SHA
Tower: "OK, so you don't need to hold or dump fuel or anything like that?" The pilot said, "Uh, negative".
"They will do everything they can to get the plane to the ground safely", he said.
If an airplane is overweight as it approaches the tarmac, it can be harder for pilots to maneuver the aircraft and to slow it down, and a rough landing could even blow out the plane's tires.
"There are special fuel-dumping procedures for aircraft operating into and out of any major USA airport", the FAA said in a statement.
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The mist fell on five elementary schools, but all injuries were minor, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Sky Cornell said. The school was located around 25 kilometres east of the airport. But the plane did dump fuel as it headed back. Whether the instruction to release the fuel came from air traffic control or Delta, the ultimate decision-maker would be the pilot, who would have been aware he was flying over a residential area rather than the ocean or other unpopulated area, Ditchey said. But the fuel dump felt like another injustice for some residents of the community.
What was wrong with the plane's engine?The FAA is investigating why this didn't happen. A jet returning to LAX dumped its fuel over the neighborhood and the school. "How much fuel you dump is a decision that the captain or Delta Airlines Operations Control would discuss", he said.
The school district said in a statement that paramedics were immediately called to treat anyone complaining of "skin irritation or breathing problems" and that its environmental health and safety office also responded.
All the injuries were described as minor and treated with soap and water. Symptoms such as skin irritation and upper respiratory tract irritation should improve on their own, according to the Ministry of Health. Delta sent cleaning crews to work with Los Angeles Unified School District crews to clean outside areas of the campuses and all reopened Wednesday.More news: Tussauds removes waxworks of Harry, Meghan from royal family display