Suspected radioactive leak at Delhi airport cargo terminal

Delhi IGI airport (File) Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi | AFP


Following a suspected radioactive leak from a medical shipment at the cargo terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday, authorities have cordoned off the area.

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has rushed its team to the spot.

"We recieved a call from the airport around 10.45 am regarding suspected radioactive leak from medical equipment," said Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer.

He said that the equipment came from an Air France flight and that it was kept at the cargo terminal.

The entire area has been cordoned off and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has also been informed about the incident, Garg said.

There were no immediate responses from Delhi airport authorities and Air France.

"The area is 1.5 km away from passenger terminal and was evacuated and cordoned off," police said.

A team from NDRF reached the spot.

A team of doctors from Medanta hospital has also been rushed to the spot.

"From the initial update it appears that the material contains sodium molybdate. We are also analysing the contents of the pilferage," officials said.

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