A radioactive leak from a medicinal consignment attached to the Turkish Airline’s freight plane was deducted at the cargo area section of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on Friday.
However, senior health officials from the Delhi government say the leak has been contained and hence, no need for panic.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh also confirmed at a press conference that the leak had been found and plugged. The airport sources said nobody has suffered any contamination and the flight operations were not affected.
“The area of the leak has been cordoned-off and the leak happened in a consignment of sodium iodide from Turkey meant for a private hospital Fortis’ nuclear department,” said a health official.
The radioactive leak occurred in a small area of the cargo hold and was quickly isolated.
A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) visited the spot and also a team of atomic energy experts was at the airport to assess the situation.
The Fortis Healthcare said it was yet to ascertain if the consignment with the radioactive content is meant for the hospital
“Usually these types of consignments come to the distributors here before being given to the various hospitals. The responsibility to ensure the safety of the medical consignment is with the group sending it to India and the distributors,” said the official.