On 4 October, a KLM Boeing 737-800 (PH-BCG) operated flight KL1473 between Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Glasgow, United Kingdom. Upon arrival at Glasgow, ground staff discovered that a package on board packed in dry ice had started to leak. The package contained glass tubes with vaccines.
As a precaution, the fire brigade evacuated the immediate vicinity of the aircraft and started investigating the situation. “The vaccine tube have remained intact,” KLM wrote in a press statement, adding that only the cooling around the tubes started to leak. “Passengers have never been in danger. As a precaution, passengers of our return flight to Amsterdam were deboarded.”
A spokesperson for Glasgow Airport said: “At approximately 10:00 (UTC +1) today, the airport fire service attended an arriving KLM flight in response to concerns raised over a piece of cargo, enquiries started to determine the content of the package and the aircraft was cordoned off pending the outcome of the investigation. All other parts of the airport were fully operational.”
As a result of the situation, however, part of Glasgow’s terminal was evacuated. Other airlines were forced to delay many flights. The belated aircraft returned to Schiphol with a delay of just under four hours.