04/21/11 163 W, 2 I - + 2 - 3 This Evening's Airport Haz-Mat

We're two for two for recent and unusual haz-mat incidents at the airport. Last Tuesday, a Delta flight from New York to Fort Lauderdale diverted to Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The cause was an electrical odor in the forward cabin that reportedly made the crew members feel sick. The aircraft landed without incident, and no one was hospitalized. That flight carried 94 passengers and five crew. The incident brought a robust fire and EMS response.

This evening, crews responded after an unidentified substance was found in the restroom of an incoming American flight from Chicago. The jet landed and was directed to an isolated area. Raleigh-Durham Airport Emergency services responded, along with a two-alarm EMS response and a haz-mat response from the Raleigh Fire Department. The passengers were removed onto three buses, after which the haz-mat team made their entry. The substance was identified as... talcum powder. Below are a couple pics by Mike Legeros. More later. Click to enlarge:

Aren’t the chevrons on the rear of NCTF8 truck in the 2nd photo pointing the wrong way? (IE, down, not up?)
Paul - 04/21/11 - 08:12

RescueRanger - 04/21/11 - 17:48

Good job to all RDU CFR Fire Dept. (ARFF), Wake County EMS, and Raleigh Dept. Hazmat. I believe this was the 3rd aircraft that day this happen to in the USA. You never know.
BOAZ - 04/21/11 - 21:23

@BOAZ; unbelievable, dry run? If it was the third in a day, certainly that isn’t a coincidence. Catching a flight to Vegas in the morning, I’ll be watching like a hawk!
Silver - 04/22/11 - 00:40

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