Radioactive medicine leak detected in New Delhi airport

Radioactive leak from container carrying nuclear medicine, which had arrived India from a Turkish airline flight, detected in Indira Gandhi airport

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Indian authorities are investigating a radioactive leak at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport which was reportedly detected on board a Turkish Airlines freight plane on Friday.

According to the officials the leak was found in a container carrying nuclear medicine, sodium iodide 131, which is used for the treatment of hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancers.

Emergency teams were dispatched to the airport and nobody was contaminated with the radioactive material, officials added.

The nuclear medicine had been ordered from a Turkish hospital for a cancer treatment program, according to local media.

Indian media reported that initially the leak caused a scare at the airport, as security personnel cordoned off the whole area and sent emergency teams and nuclear experts to assess the damage, but later officials announced that everything is under control and there is no health scare.

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