Suspected radioactive leak from cargo at Delhi airport’s T3 terminal

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Suspected radioactive material leaked from a shipment on Sunday at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, television reports 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 suspected. There were no immediate reports of passenger operations being affected.
At least seven fire tenders were also rushed to the Indira airport following the reports of the leak, an official said. 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. We have sent seven fire tenders and the situation is under control,” a senior fire official told IANS.
However, there was no information from the Delhi Airport Authority Limited on the incident.
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.