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HT Correspondent, New Delhi: Radioactive material leaked from a shipment on Sunday at Delhi’s Indira
Gandhi International Airport, officials said, adding that hazardous materials experts and disaster response teams were at the spot.
An emergency team that included representatives of the National Disaster Response Force and atomic regulators cordoned off the part of the airport’s cargo complex where the leak was reported.
NDTV reported the leak was minute and came from cancer medicines that were being transferred by an Air France plane. It quoted an official as saying that an all-clear had been given by the National Disaster Management Authority.
The atomic regulator said there was no anticipation of any harm as the leak was within permissible limits, ANI reported.
At least seven fire tenders were earlier rushed to the airport following the reports of the leak. According to the Delhi Fire Services, a complaint was received from the authorities of the IGI-T3 around 10.40am.
“We received a complaint from the airport authorities that Molybdenum-99 has got leaked from the cargo of some aircraft. The element though is not exactly a radioactive element, but has some of its properties. It is also used in many medical procedures,” a senior fire official told IANS.
A scare at the airport over a suspected radioactive leak turned out to be a false alarm in May last year after inspectors gave the all clear following investigations. Airport authorities had reported there had been a leak in a consignment of sodium iodide 131 — a radioactive liquid used in so-called nuclear medicine — that arrived on a Turkish Airlines passenger flight.