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White powdery substance on SIA flight "harmless"

Singapore Airlines says a suspicious white substance found in the cargo hold of its Beijing-bound SQ806 was harmless. The flight has taken off following a two-and-a-half hour delay.

SINGAPORE: A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight bound for Beijing was delayed on Monday (June 9) after a suspicious white substance was discovered in its cargo hold.

Singapore Airlines SQ806, which was originally scheduled to leave around 4.50pm, finally left Changi Airport around 7.20pm following a change of aircraft, SIA said in a statement.

"Ground staff at Singapore Changi Airport had discovered a white substance in the cargo hold of SQ806, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 with 276 passengers and 16 crew on board," an SIA spokesperson said.

"The relevant authorities were notified, and after investigating, concluded that the substance was harmless." 

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