Saturday, May 30, 2015

Radioactive leak at Delhi airport traced to medical cargo


NEW DELHI --- A Turkish Airlines plane, was detected in the cargo area of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi this morning. Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the leak was plugged by emergency teams.

Officials emphasised that there was no need for panic. The incident did not affect airport operations, they said. The passenger terminals of the airport are about 2 km away from the cargo area.

"The radioactive leak was very very small. There is nothing to panic about and there is no effect on the passenger area," National Disaster Response Force or NDRF chief OP Singh, was quoted by New Delhi Television, NDTV, as saying.

Two workers who handled the consignment and complained of irritation in the eyes were taken to a hospital for a preliminary check. They are back at work.

Officials said four of a consignment of 10 cartons of Sodium Iodide 131 meant for a private hospital had leaked. -end-

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