SFRS responded to 'chemical incident' at Aberdeen airport today

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Appliances from North Anderson Drive, Central and the Incident Support Unit from Dyce attended and determined there was no risk to passengers

SFRS name line on appliance

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were called to deal with a potential chemical incident at Aberdeen airport earlier today (21 October 2014).

Control received a call at 11.02am following reports of a possible chemical leak on board an aircraft which was not on the runway at the time.

Two appliances from North Anderson Drive, one from Central Fire Station and the Incident Support Unit from Dyce attended and firefighters followed full hazardous materials protocols and guidance.

Station Manager Chay Ewing said: "Our crews were wearing gas tight suits during the incident. We were able to establish, with the assistance of our 'Hazmat' (Hazardous Materials) officer, that the container had not been broken and therefore was not harmful to passengers or the wider public.

"The main leak was within the hold area of the aircraft and we followed agreed procedures for dealing with such a report. The package was surrounded by dry ice, which had possibly melted, but the container inside was not breached.

"The internal package contained a commercial substance and was not brought on by a passenger."