Mystery Powder Found In Plane At Melbourne Airport
Melbourne emergency services rushed to identify a white powder found inside a plane after it arrived from Canada.
The powder was found in an Air Canada plane, which landed at Melbourne airport from Vancouver on Friday morning, according to airport officials.
Passengers had disembarked and all baggage had been removed from the aircraft, a spokesman told 10 daily, when ground staff found a quantity of the powder in the plane's cargo hold.
The Metropolitan Fire Brigade's website showed units responding to the scene around 11.45 am on Friday. It was treated as a hazmat incident, as per standard airport protocols.
"MFB firefighters are currently on scene at Melbourne Airport conducting safety checks following the discovery of an unknown substance by airport staff," the MFB said in a statement on Friday morning.
"Firefighters wearing protective gear are investigating and MFB is working with airport authorities and the Airport Rescue Firefighting Service," the brigade continued.
"There are currently six MFB appliances on scene which is a standard response to hazardous materials incidents."
"No persons have been affected."
There was said to be no delay to incoming passengers, but the airport spokesman said there was the possibility of delays to passengers flying on the return Air Canada flight.
Passengers flying with the airline on Friday were advised to check the status of their flights.