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Distressed plane dumps fuel over LA schools

Dozens of people in the US state of California were treated for skin irritation and breathing problems after a distressed passenger plane dumped fuel over several schools as it made an emergency landing.

At least sixty people, many of them children, were affected as the aircraft came down at Los Angeles International Airport late on Tuesday.

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

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

The passenger plane had released fuel to reduce its landing weight, a Delta statement confirmed.

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.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported a spokesman for the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Allen Kenitzer, as saying the agency “is thoroughly investigating the circumstances behind (the) incident”.

Hamza Alkali/ Abuja

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