Chaos at Melbourne airport after ‘suspicious powder’ is found on Air Canada plane
- Ground handling staff found suspicious substance on a plane on Friday morning
- The Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner landed in Melbourne from Vancouver
- Passengers disembarked before the substance was found by the ground staff
A ‘suspicious powder’ has been found on an Air Canada plane that arrived at Melbourne Airport from Vancouver.
Melbourne Fire Brigade were called to the airport on Friday morning after the unknown substance was discovered by ground handling staff.
Passengers on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner had already disembarked when the powder was found in the cargo hold.
Melbourne Fire Brigade were called to the airport on Friday morning after the unknown substance was discovered by ground handling staff
Passengers on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner had already disembarked when the powder was found in the cargo hold
A Melbourne Airport spokesman said its understood all bags were removed before the substance was found.
The spokesman added it was standard operation to call in MFB HAZMAT crews.
Firefighters in protective gear are working with airport authorities and the Airport Rescue Firfighter Service to investigate the substance.
‘MFB firefighters are currently on scene at Melbourne Airport conducting safety checks following the discovery of an unknown substance by airport staff,’ MBF said in a statement.
‘There are currently six MFB appliances on scene which is a standard response to hazardous materials incidents.’
MBF said no one has been affected by the discovery.
The Air Canada plane is due to fly back to Vancouver on Friday.
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Pictured: Specialist MFB HAZMAT crews at Melbourne Airport investigating the discovery of an unknown substance