Radioactive leak from consignment in Delhi airport’s cargo area plugged

The Delhi government said the material was procured after getting an NOC from the AERB. 4 cartons were leaked containing Sodium Iodide out of 10, when the leak was encountered.

“Our team is there to minimise the damage”, NDRF chief OP Singh said.

Reacting to the situation, a Delhi International Airport Limited spokesperson has confirmed that there was no leak of any radioactive substance in the subject shipments at Delhi Airport. Based on the clearance, the terminal has resumed import operations.

“All passenger operations are proceeding safely and normally without any interruption”.

“Leakage was observed at 08:59 hours”.

NEW DELHI: Cargo operations have been briefly suspended and employees was evacuated on Friday from the cargo space following a radiation scare on the Delhi worldwide airport.

The NDTV network reported that two cargo workers who were exposed to the leakage had been taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

According to initial reports, the radioactive leak was detected from a container carrying nuclear medicine, which had arrived here from a Turkish airline flight. “The necessary information on the incident has been made to the relevant official authorities by Turkish Airlines”.

The passenger terminals of the airport are about 2 km away from the cargo area. The area has been cordoned off by DM New Delhi, Sanjay Kumar, who is the incident commander. The cordon was later lifted. The probe team is being headed by the Director of Air Safety at the DGCA.

Atomic energy experts from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board too were at the spot to help remove the radioactive material. The AMD team came with equipment and went to check the samples.

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