Teachers sue airline that dumped fuel on their schools

The four teachers who filed the lawsuit have asked to remain unidentified.
The four teachers who filed the lawsuit have asked to remain unidentified. Photo credit: Getty.

Four teachers in the US are suing Delta Air Lines for dumping fuel over schools after one of its planes was forced to return to Los Angeles Airport. 

Delta Flight 89, dumped 45,000kg of jet fuel over six schools on Tuesday, injuring 60 and shocking teachers and students.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges flight pilots failed to let air traffic control know they were going to dump fuel. 

The four teachers who filed the lawsuit have asked to remain unidentified. 

Sixty people were treated by emergency medical workers at six local schools for respiratory issues and skin issues, many of them children.

According to BBC News, Delta Air Lines confirmed the plane had dumped the fuel to reduce landing weight.

"Shortly after takeoff, flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return quickly to LAX," Delta Air Lines said in a statement.

"I'm scared of what can happen to my health, the health of my students, my friends and my colleagues," one teacher told BBC News. 

According to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, jet fuel can affect people's skin, liver, nervous system and eyes. 

"The plaintiffs could feel the fuel on their clothes, their flesh, their eyes and their skin," said the teachers' attorney, Gloria Allred.

"Fuel penetrated their mouths and noses as well, producing a lasting and severe irritation, and a lasting and a noxious taste and smell."

"We came out and we were playing, and the airplane was outside and we thought it was rain, but then we knew it was throwing gas on us, and everybody started to run," 11-year-old student, Josue Burgos, from Park Avenue Elementary School told the Los Angeles Times

Delta Air Lines spokesperson Anthony Black said the airline would not comment on the lawsuit.

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