Before noon on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Delta Flight 89, which was scheduled to travel from LAX to Shanghai, reported a mechanical issue shortly after takeoff and returned safely to LAX. The airline confirmed that the aircraft conducted an emergency fuel release while in flight.
City staff received calls regarding a tar-like odor and an oily substance on cars and in pools. It has not been confirmed, but it is likely that the City was in the path of the fuel dump.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is working with 2-1-1 to provide environmental health information to concerned members of the public. Los Angeles County residents can dial 2-1-1 or call the non-local number for 2-1-1, which is (800) 339-6993. The Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (DMH) Access Hotline is also available and can be reached at 800-854-7771.