A judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by three students at Pioneer High School, who said they experienced symptoms such as emotional distress, skin irritation, dizziness and nausea from fuel dumped on the West Whittier campus by a Delta jetliner in 2020.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel M. Crowley tossed the lawsuit after there were no appearances in court Friday by or for either side, nor any communication with the court as to why.

Crowley’s action was “without prejudice,” meaning the case can be reinstated with a proper explanation.

Delta Flight 89 left Los Angeles International Airport at 11:15 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2020, bound for Shanghai with 181 people on board. According to Delta Air Lines, the Boeing 777 “experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return 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.”

The lawsuit was filed in February 2020 and was one of the earliest of many brought against the airline. Flight 89 released thousands of gallons of jet fuel over a swath of Los Angeles County, prompting hazardous-materials responses to multiple schools in Cudahy, South Gate and South Los Angeles.

No one was hospitalized, but dozens of students and adults were treated for skin irritation and respiratory issues resulting from the falling fuel.

The lawsuit alleged the students were “coated with jet fuel dumped from Flight 89” and the exposure caused them to suffer “severe emotional distress,” as well as skin irritation, sickness, dizziness and nausea. The lawsuit also alleged that Delta was negligent and the fuel dump could have been avoided.

The students, who were ages 15, 16 and 17 at the time, each sought compensation, medical expenses and attorney fees from Delta.

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