Teenage students prosecute Delta after toxic jet fuel has been dumped at their high school when approaching LAX “permeated with their skin and made them sick”
- More than 50 adults and children were injured after a Delta Airlines plane dumped fuel during an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport
- Several schools near the airport were overflowing when pilots decided to dump the toxic fuel because of a motorcycle stall that forced the January 14 landing.
- Three students from the Pioneer High School in Los Angeles County said the fuel penetrated their skin, mouth and nose
- The young people, who said the effect also made them feel ‘itchy, sick, dizzy and nauseous’, filed their complaint after teachers at another school also filed a complaint
Three high school students sued Delta Airlines after being showered by one of the airline’s planes while making an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport last month.
The youngsters from the Pioneer High School in Los Angeles County said the dumped fuel had invaded their skin, mouth and nose, according to the complaint filed in California Superior Court.
The students said the effects made them feel ‘itchy, sick, dizzy and nauseous’, their complaint says.
Three students from the Pioneer High School in Los Angeles County are suing Delta Airlines after one of its jet liners (photo) dumped its fuel just before it had to make an emergency landing on January 14 at Los Angeles International Airport.
Students (photo) from Park Avenue Elementary School, near Pioneer High School, were showered with toxic jet fuel when the Delta flight returned to make the emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport due to a motor downtime
Grandmother Teresa Santoya, left, consoles student Marianna Torres, 11, center, while evacuating Park Avenue Elementary School just after the Delta flight dumped its fuel
A girl covers her mouth and nose and several parents and children fled when the jetliner’s fuel dump landed in different schools
The suit claims negligence on the part of Delta, in the training of pilots who decided to dump the fuel from flight 89 after the decision to return to the airport after taking off.
The students, who claim compensation for medical expenses, emotional distress, pain and suffering, join four teachers from Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahay, who also sue in the same way after being stunned by the toxic fuel.
Delta normally says not to comment in response to a lawsuit, but said it “listened to residents and worked closely with local leaders to understand how we can best support those most affected” in a statement sent to DailyMail.com.
Both lawsuits are just the newest issues for the airline, which is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration for the incident.
The afternoon of the jetliner left more than 50 children and adults in schools near the airport hurt by exposure.
The pilot of the aircraft reported a compressor parking in the right engine – damage to a jet turbine that can occur due to a malfunction or when a foreign object, such as a bird, hits an engine.
The damage can reduce the engine thrust or lead to a fire in the worst case.
The aircraft crew had previously told air traffic control that they were “not critical” and did not have to hold or dump “fuel.” But the plane did this later, possibly during the preparation to make a final turn before descending.
Twenty children and 11 adults from Park Avenue Elementary were exposed to fuel on the playground and treated on site for mild skin irritation and inhalation complaints, the authorities said at the time.
The LA County Fire Department also reported the treatment of patients at Tweedy Elementary, Graham Elementary and San Gabriel Elementary.
All patients were treated on site and refused transport to hospitals.