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Incident Causes Flight Delays At Almaty Airport

  • RFE/RL's Kazakh Service

Almaty International Airport (file photo)

Almaty International Airport (file photo)

ALMATY -- Several flights were delayed and passengers temporarily evacuated from a terminal at Almaty International Airport after a traveler suspected of carrying a "banned substance" was apprehended.

The airport's press service said that the incident took place on October 3, when customs officers found a jar with "a significant amount of a substance that looked like mercury" in a passenger's belongings.

The passenger, who was traveling to Tbilisi, Georgia, refused to let a security officer confiscate the jar and threw it in a trash bin.

The jar broke and the substance spilled, leading to the suspension of the terminal's operations and the evacuation of passengers and employees.

Experts of the State Committee for Emergencies have arrived at the site to investigate.