Update: All clear at Delhi airport; radioactive leak minor, came from cancer medication on flight, say authorities.
New Delhi: A suspected radioactive leak has been reported from the cargo terminal of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport on Sunday triggering panics across the Delhi Airport.
The fire service officials have said that a radioactive leak occurred at the cargo terminal of the Delhi airport from a medical shipment. The entire area has been evacuated and cordoned off. Fire engines and disaster response teams have been sent to the cargo terminal, officials said.
The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has rushed its team to the spot. “A call was received from the airport around 10.45 AM regarding suspected radioactive leak from medical equipment,” said Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer. He said the equipment has come from Air France plane and 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.
The officials said the situation in under control. A team from the National Disaster Management Authority is on way.
There was no immediate response from Delhi airport authorities and Air France.