New Delhi, May 29: The situation at the Indira Gandhi International Airport where reports of a radioactive leak was detected has been brought under control even as atomic energy experts have been called in. No need to panic, an official informed Oneindia.
The source of the leak has been detected and it was found that a package containing Sodium Iodine from Turkey had leaked, but the same has been plugged now officials said.
The anti sabotage team of the NDRF which was pressed into service has cordoned off the cargo area of the Turkish airlines. Although the situation is completely under control, we want to be doubly sure before we open the area up for operations once again, the officer also said.
The package containing Sodium Iodine was brought down from Turkey and was meant to be delivered at a private hospital in New Delhi. However as the package opened up a small quantity of the same had leaked.
The leak was detected by two loaders who complained that their eyes were watering. They intimated the authorities who initiated action immediately and also called in the NDRF. Two loaders who were taking down the cargo felt some burning sensation. Their eyes began to water and they realized that something was wrong.
Could be negligence:
There appears to be a problem in the manner in which the Sodium Iodine had been packed. The airline is looking into the incident and action will be intiated in case negligence has been found. The impact of the leak could have been disastrous had it not been plugged on time. The effects could have been bad and many would have been injured, an officer also pointed out.
In the year 2010 leak at the Mayapuri Industrial area in Delhi one person died and several persons were injured after they came in contact with Cobalt 60.