Firefighters have been called to neutralise a chemical spill inside the cargo area of a Malaysia Airline Boeing 737-838 here today. Pix by Mohd Ruzaini Zulkepli

KOTA KINABALU: Firefighters have been called to neutralise a chemical spill inside the cargo area of a Malaysia Airline Boeing 737-838 here today.

A hazardous material (Hazmat) team was deployed to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport runway upon receiving a distress call at 6.15pm.

According to a report by the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department, the team conducted a thorough inspection and a test on substances.

"The reading was pH5 and the spill involved UN2794 liquid acid.

"Cleaning works on the acid spill was carried out using sulphur powder and collected into a waste drum," said a spokesman from the department.

The drum was then handed over to the airport staff for next course of action.

At press time, it was not known whether the Malaysia Airline flight had made an emergency landing.

The spokesman said the flight had taken off from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

"There were passengers on board when the Hazmat team was doing cleaning work. However, we have yet to get any information (on the passengers)," she said, adding the operation ended at 8pm.

Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd in Kota Kinabalu could not be reached for comment.

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