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Kuala Lumpur Airport reports gas leak; about 39 people sick

Gas leak at Kuala Lumpur Airport

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Kuala Lumpur International Airport is one of Malaysia's main airports. Every year, it receives a large influx of tourists from both domestic and international tourists. Recently, a frightening incident was reported on the premises of this busy airport. On Thursday, a gas leak was reported at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia's capital. What were the consequences of the leak? Did passengers face any health problems? Read on to find out all the answers.



An aircraft manufacturing facility reported the gas leak

Gas leak at Kuala Lumpur Airport
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The much-discussed chemical leak was observed in an aircraft engineering facility, the Southern Support Zone Sepang Aircraft Engineering Facility. Although the unexpected incident did not harm any of the numerous passengers who were at the airport at the time, it did affect the health of some people. According to a report by India Today, around 39 people fell ill following the gas leak in one of the engineering facilities at Kuala Lumpur Airport.

A local rescue official said that these victims suffered from dizziness and nausea, CNA (ChannelNewsAsia) reported. These symptoms appeared after the leak at the airport. They were immediately given medical treatment. 24 of the affected people were soon discharged. One was taken to a hospital. The remaining 14 sick people were cared for by the airport's disaster management agency. The victims of the incident are employees of three companies that work at the site, the fire department said.

Although the gas leak caused chaos and made people sick at Kuala Lumpur Airport, scheduled flights continued as planned. There were no delays, cancellations or disruptions. The incident also caused no problems for passengers, who were able to travel without any inconvenience related to the chemical leak at the aircraft manufacturing facility.

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Which gas was it that caused the chaos?

Gas leak at Kuala Lumpur Airport
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At around 11:23 am (local time), the Selangor State Fire Service received information about the gas leak in the technical facility. The rescue officer informed that the gas was methyl mercaptan. There was an unused tank in the airport facility and that's where the biggest problems started. The responsible teams have already taken care of the leak. Soon they will eliminate it by dismantling its individual parts.

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This is all the latest news regarding the recent incident at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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