Board Vice President Jackie Goldberg's Statement on Jet Fuel Spill at Park Avenue Elementary School (Jan. 14, 2020)
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Jan. 14, 2020
Board Vice President Jackie Goldberg’s Statement On Jet Fuel Spill at Park Avenue Elementary School
I was shocked and angered to learn that an airplane dumped fuel, as it flew over Park Avenue Elementary School in the city of Cudahy today. Students and employees who were on the playground were sprayed by the fuel, or inhaled fumes. Some had to be treated for injuries, including breathing problems and skin irritation.
The county fire department and paramedics responded immediately, along with school police. Educators also visited every classroom to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and staff. Our experts from Los Angeles Unified’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety also responded quickly. They are continuing to work tonight to make sure the campus is decontaminated, clean and safe for school tomorrow.
I have learned that the plane needed to discharge the fuel to lighten the load prior to making an emergency landing at the Los Angeles International Airport. However, Federal Aviation Administration regulations require planes to dump fuel over unpopulated areas, certainly not over a school. Fortunately, the FAA is already investigating this matter.
My office has been in contact with government officials and Los Angeles Unified staff to ensure the health and safety of all involved. I will continue to advocate for our Park Avenue Elementary School family, and provide updates when more information is available. I am sorry our school community had to go through this very scary incident today.