An oil tanker on Wednesday overturned at Kolkata Airport, according to a Times Now report. The incident took place this morning leading to a huge oil spill in Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. Authorities at the airport rushed to the spot and situation is under control, the report says. It has been learned that the oil tanker was going to refill the aviation fuel of an aircraft when the incident happened, the report says. This happened right amongst a number of parked aircraft endangering them, but fortunately, no untoward mishap happened thereafter. The exact reason for the accident is yet to be ascertained. Two persons were injured but flight operations were not affected, a senior Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said, as per PTI report.
The incident happened around 6 am at bay number C1 inside the operational area near the cargo complex of the airport injuring the driver and helper of the tanker, NSCBI Airport Director, Atul Dikshit said. AAI’s fire tenders immediately rushed to the spot and sprayed foam on the tanker as it caught fire after it overturned, he was quoted as saying by PTI.
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According to PTI report, the foam controlled the fire. The fuel was taken out from the tanker to make it dry and then it was removed from the spot, the airport director said.
We removed the tanker from the accident spot by 10 am. Flight operations were not affected as a result of the incident, the airport director said. The accident spot was also cleaned. We are investigating the matter to find out how the accident happened, he added, the news agency report says.