'No radiation exposure' after airplane crash

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9 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM − An investigation has determined that emergency personnel and members of the public involved in the Bijlmer airplane crash in 1992 were not exposed to radioactivity or other dangerous materials.

9 July 2004

AMSTERDAM − An investigation has determined that emergency personnel and members of the public involved in the Bijlmer airplane crash in 1992 were not exposed to radioactivity or other dangerous materials.

Leiden University Medical Centre specialists examined 20 firefighters and other emergency service personnel and Bijlmer residents in Amsterdam, but did not discover any health problems, news agency ANP reported on Friday.

An Israeli El Al cargo plane crashed into a Bijlmer apartment complex in October 1992, killing 43 people. The plane had depleted uranium on board and there were suggestions after the crash that some of the uranium might have been burned, releasing it into the atmosphere.

In 2002, Amsterdam fire brigade and the Health Ministry resolved to test 20 people involved in the disaster for possible long-term health affects. The inquiry was launched in response to ongoing concerns expressed by firefighters and residents.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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