Carcinogenic substance leaks at B-G Airport

June 10, 2012 08:20

Cargo brought to Israel on flight from Belgium; man, 65, complains of sickness and is treated at hospital.

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A hazardous substance leaked out of a container in the cargo area of Ben-Gurion Airport on Saturday night, causing one man to feel sick, Israel Radio reported.

The man, 65, was treated at a nearby hospital and was later released to his home.

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The container housing the hazardous substance was brought to Israel on a cargo flight from Belgium.

The substance is known as Acrylamide and is chiefly used as a coagulant, but can also cause cancer and damage the nervous system.

El Al Airlines and Ministry of Transportation inspectors were investigating the incident.

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