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High radiation levels found on Finnish airline

A high-level of radiation has been found on an Airbus 319 aeroplane operated by Finnish airline Finnair.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 22:17 IST

A high-level of radiation has been found on an Airbus 319 aeroplane operated by Finnish airline Finnair, days after the discovery of radioactive traces on two British Airways (BA) planes, said Russia's Transport Ministry on Saturday.

The Finnair plane, which had flown from Berlin to Moscow via Helsinki, was being examined at a Moscow airport by specialists, the transport ministry told Interfax news agency.

Passengers scheduled to fly on the plane from Moscow to Helsinki were being transferred to another flight, the ministry said.

The suspected contamination of two BA aircraft came to light as part of investigations into the poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.