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Posted on: January 14, 2020

Delta Air Lines Fuel Incident

On Tuesday January 14, 2020, at approximately 12:10pm, SGPD became aware of a strong odor of fuel surrounding the Police Department and Civic Center area. As personnel checked for the source of the odor, a fine mist of liquid was seen and felt falling from the sky. SGPD Dispatch confirmed with the LA Co Fire Department that they responded to a school in the City of Cudahy regarding possible airplane/jet fuel which had fallen from a passing plane and landed on the school, students, and staff. 23 individuals (17 children and 6 adults) from the City of Cudahy were triaged at scene.

LA Co. Fire dispatched personnel and Haz-Mat teams to the area of Cudahy and South Gate. South Gate Police Dispatch received several calls from residents inquiring about the smell, but did not receive any emergency aid or rescue calls as a result of the fuel dump. Preliminary information gathered by SGPD and LA Co. Fire is that a passing commercial airline dumped fuel as it passed over the areas of Bell, Cudahy, Bell Gardens, and South Gate while en-route to LAX. This event will be investigated by the airline and the FAA. The South Gate Emergency Services Coordinator made notification to the Area E Mutual Aid group and notifications were made to all Area E Cities.

For more information click on the resources below:

Delta Hotline 1-800-441-5955

Delta Statement

FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) English Statement , Spanish Statement

LA County Public Health

LA Fire Hazmat


South Gate Police Department- 323) 563-5436

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