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MFB HAZMAT technicians contain unknown substance at Melbourne airport

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04 Nov 2019
MFB’s specialist HAZMAT technicians made quick work following reports of an unknown substance on an aircraft at Melbourne Airport.

Crews were alerted to the incident just after 1:30pm after three grams of an unknown powder was located in the overhead luggage compartment.  

Approximately 20 passengers were evacuated from the aircraft and quarantined as a precaution.

Firefighters donned chemical splash suits entered the aircraft and took a sample of the substance for testing. Initial findings showed that the substance was non-toxic and further testing confirmed that the area was safe.

Airservices Aviation Rescue firefighters, Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria also assisted at the scene.

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