California teachers sue after jetliner dumps fuel on schools

AP NEWS | 1/15/2020 | Staff
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four teachers from a Los Angeles-area school sued Delta Air Lines on Friday, saying they were exposed to jet fuel when a plane with engine trouble dumped its fuel over a densely populated area, including several schools, while making an emergency return to the airport.

At a news conference, the teachers described the fuel as drizzling down like raindrops with “overwhelming” fumes. They said their panicked students screamed and cried.

Plaintiffs - Fuel - Clothes - Flesh - Eyes

“The plaintiffs could feel the fuel on their clothes, their flesh, their eyes and their skin,” said the teachers’ attorney, Gloria Allred, who noted that her firm may add teachers or students to the lawsuit.

“Fuel penetrated their mouths and noses as well, producing a lasting and severe irritation, and a lasting and a noxious taste and smell,” Allred said.

Officials - Schoolchildren - Teachers - Tuesday - Skin

Officials have said nearly 60 schoolchildren and teachers were exposed to the smelly vapor Tuesday and were examined for minor skin and lung irritations and told to wash with soap and water. No one was taken to a hospital.

The teachers said they sought medical treatment after the incident and suffered physical and emotional pain.

Lawsuit - Los - Angeles - County - Superior

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by the four teachers at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy seeks unspecified damages.

The plaintiffs, Lisette Barajas, Laura Guzman, Mariana De La Torre and Anabel Samperio, appeared at the news conference with their attorney but declined to be identified individually when they spoke.

Delta - Litigation

Delta declined to comment on the pending litigation.

Also on Friday, the South Coast Air Quality Management District — the governmental agency that monitors air pollution for parts of Southern California —issued a violation to Delta for the fuel dump.

Agency - Fuel

The agency alleges that the fuel created...
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