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Chemical Spill Closes N.Y. Airport

December 29, 1998

HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) _ Passengers were evacuated from the Westchester County Airport for two and a half hours Monday after a chemical spill in the terminal sickened several workers.

Authorities closed the airport at about 4:30 p.m., after coolant from the air-conditioning system sickened three baggage handlers and two police officers, said Susan Tolchin, a spokeswoman for Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano. It was reopened at around 7:05 p.m., she said.

Those who suffered nausea and dizziness were treated at area hospitals.

Sixteen outgoing flights were delayed, and residual delays and cancellations were expected, Tolchin said. Three arriving flights were diverted to other airports, she said.

The airport handles about 90 flights a day, said Jim Bagli, the building’s property manager.

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