Delta participated in a joint press conference with the Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), local health and community officials Wednesday morning to confirm that schools in the area of a jet fuel release had been cleaned and cleared for students to attend class.

Tuesday evening the airline dispatched 13 cleaning crews to work with LAUSD crews at the schools to clean all outside surface areas that students could come into contact with.

Dana Debel, Delta’s Managing Director of Government Affairs, provided an update at the press conference, saying airline teams worked through the night in partnership with LAUSD to ensure that all the schools were safe and able to open Wednesday. She also reiterated Delta’s commitment to working with the schools and community to address needs going forward.

During the press conference a spokesperson for the L.A. County Health Department said more had been done than was required, and that residual health effects are not expected.

The airline continues working closely LAUSD’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety department to assist those affected by the emergency landing of Flight 89.

Individuals and property owners who believe they may have been affected by the jet fuel release can contact Delta at 800-441-5955 for more information.

 

11 p.m. Tuesday update:

Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return quickly to LAX. 

The aircraft landed safely after a release of fuel, which was required as part of normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight. Delta is in touch with Los Angeles World Airports and the LA County Fire Department as well as community leaders, and shares concerns regarding reports of minor injuries to adults and children at schools in the area.

Delta continues to investigate the issue. Individuals and property owners who believe they may have been affected by the jet fuel release can contact Delta at 800-441-5955 for more information.