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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 | MYT 10:59 PM

Hazmat team dispatched after acid found leaking in plane's cargo hold

KOTA KINABALU: A hazardous materials (Hazmat) unit was dispatched to the international airport here after acid was found to have leaked in a plane's cargo hold.

Airline staff spotted the chemical leaking from a box in the cargo hold of the Malaysia Airlines flight shortly after it arrived here just after 6pm on Wednesday.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Services Department operations chief Khatizah Rahaban said the Hazmat unit immediately carried out tests and determined that the chemical was UN2794 acid, which is usually used in vehicle batteries.

The team used sulphur powder to soak up the acid in the Boeing 737's cargo hold. The powder was then placed in a waste drum and turned over to Malaysia Airports Bhd for investigations.

Khatizah said passengers on board the aircraft had safely disembarked by the time the Hazmat team arrived at the airport.