20 Feb, 2024 @ 12:26
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BREAKING: Major airport in Spain cordons off terminal after ‘radioactive package’ is found on a passenger plane

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EMERGENCY protocols were put into action on Tuesday at Barcelona’s El Prat airport after a possible leak of radioactive material was detected on a Swiss Airlines flight. 

Part of the Terminal 1 at the airport was cordoned off due to the alert, as the Aerocat plan for aeronautical emergencies and the Radcat plan for radioactive emergencies were both put into action.

The spillage was reportedly from a medical product that was stored in the hold of the aircraft, which had arrived in Barcelona from Zurich.  

Five airport workers were taken to a medical centre for checks, according to Catalan publication El Nacional, while other passengers were confined to the plane to avoid any contact with the material. 

A total of 13 fire crews were on the scene, according to online daily 20 minutos, and were carrying out checks and taking readings. 

Sources from Spain’s airports operator Aena and from Civil Protection said that any risk from the radioactive material was low. 

The Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, to give the installation its full name, is the second-largest and second-busiest in Spain after Madrid-Barajas. 

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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