Hazmat team called in after acid leak on Malaysia Airlines plane

The hazardous material (Hazmat) team was called in to Kota Kinabalu International Airport after a chemical leak was reported in a Malaysia Airlines plane on Wednesday (Sept 14).

According to New Straits Times (NST), the acid leak was found to be caused by a box of wet cell batteries.

A Malaysia Airports Kota Kinabalu senior manager told the Malaysian news website that a 40kg CPU battery had leaked inside the aircraft cargo compartment of MH2614.

The flight from KL had landed in Kota Kinabalu in the afternoon, and was cordoned off shortly after.

A total of 12 people on the Hazmat team then arrived to neutralise the acid spill, NST reported.

The spill of the UN2794 liquid-type acid was collected into a waste drum using sulphur powder.