There was no leakage of radioactive material at the cargo area of Indira Gandhi International Airport and the passenger area remained unaffected, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which was the first to detect radiation at the airport on Sunday morning, has clarified.
The all-clear has been now been given by the National Disaster Management Authority, an official said.
Upon immediate investigation, it was confirmed that the leak was medicinal in nature.
“On reaching Cargo EICI it was learnt that 6 packets containing solid sodium molybdate arrived from Paris by flight AF 226. No injury or any problems to any human is observed so far,” the Delhi Police said in a statement.
Atomic Emergy Reaearch Board (AERB) and department of Atomic Emergy (DAE) teams also reached later on. After thorough detection and identification of the material, it was declared safe for movement.
An NDRF release said there is nothing to panic and there is no effect on the passenger area. “Timely response by NDRF and other stakeholders prevented the situation to cause undue panic. There was no leakage,” said an NDRF official.
An alert was sounded after a leak from the Air France aircraft was reported, followed by immediate evacuation of the area.
At least seven fire tenders were rushed to the site along with a team of the National Disaster Management Authority.
Teams from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were also at the site, officials said adding that the department received a call about the radioactive leak from some cargo at Delhi International Airport at 10:45 am.