All clear given at Delhi IGI airport after suspected radioactive leak
A radioactive leak was detected from the cargo terminal of Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport on Sunday, Delhi fire department officials said.
New Delhi: The suspected radioactive leak at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport was very minute and came from cancer medicines that were being transferred by Air France aircraft.
The all-clear has been now been given by the National Disaster Management Authority, an official said.
Upon immediate investigation, it was confirmed that the leak was medicinal in nature.
"On reaching Cargo EICI it was learnt that 6 packets containing solid sodium molybdate arrived from Paris by flight AF 226. No injury or any problems to any human is observed so far," the Delhi Police said in a statement.
Officials of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, who were testing the leaking package, confirmed that it contained a low-intensity radioactive substance used in nuclear medicine.
Tests are still on for further confirmation.
A radioactive leak was detected from the cargo terminal of Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport on Sunday morning, Delhi fire department officials said.
An alert was sounded after a leak from the Air France aircraft was reported, followed by immediate evacuation of the area.
At least seven fire tenders were rushed to the site along with a team of the National Disaster Management Authority.
Teams from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were also at the site, officials said adding that the department received a call about the radioactive leak from some cargo at Delhi International Airport at 10:45 am today.
According to a media report, the leak was detected from some medical equipment from Air France aircraft.
A quick examination was carried out to ascertain the contents of the spill.
Officials said the situation was brought under control in some time.