2 hospitalized but radioactive leak at Delhi airport contained

Updated: 2015-05-29 17:04


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NEW DELHI - At least two cargo handlers have been hospitalized after a radioactive leak was detected in the cargo area of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the Indian capital Friday.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the media that the radioactive leak has been contained and urged people not to panic. "Atomic energy experts are on their way to the airport", he said.

The incident has not hit air operations and no passenger has come in contact with the leaked substance that is suspected to be Sodium Iodine, used in the treatment of cancer, sources said.

Local TV channels reported that the leak happened from a consignment which was offloaded from a Turkish Airlines plane after it landed in the national capital this morning.

The two cargo handlers detected that the consignment was wet and noticed their eyes had started watering soon, the reports said, adding they were rushed to a government hospital.

A probe has been ordered into the incident, the sources said.