Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Air France cargo causes Radioactive leak at Delhi airport, flight operations resume

Narada Desk | October 9, 2016 2:29 pm Print
Delhi Police says the suspected radioactive leak at Delhi Airport is from a medical equipment offloaded at the Terminal 3 from an Air France flight

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DGIA) has reported a radioactive leak on Sunday from an equipment offloaded at Terminal 3 from an Air France flight.

However, officials said, airport resumed operation after the leak at the terminal -3 of DGIA, was found to be a minor and with in permissible limits. So far, there are no reports on any injury to passengers, as per latest media reports.

Officials said, there is no need to panic and an expert team from NDRF has already reached airport to help the security officials.

Officials added that leak had reportedly occurred from a suspicious medical shipment that arrived on the Air France flight, which was kept at the cargo terminal.

“From the initial update it appears that the material contains sodium molybdate. We are also analysing the contents of the pilferage,” officials told media.

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has sent its team to airport and the cargo area has been cordoned off completely, added officials.

Also, about seven fire tenders and a HazMat (hazardous material) van have rished to the spot.

Confirming the news to media, Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer at DGIA said, “A call was received from the airport around 10.45am regarding suspected radioactive leak from medical equipment.”

Officials have also sent a doctors from Medanta hospital in the national capital to the area. “The area is 1.5 km away from passenger area and was evacuated and cordoned off,” police said.

“A PCR call regarding leakage of radio active material at T3 cargo was reported at 10.25 am. On reaching the cargo, it was learnt that six packets containing solid sodium molibdate that arrived from Paris by flight AF 226 reached the courier side, said the DCP IGI airport.