Traces of radioactive material similar to that which killed Russian spy Aleksander Litvinenko have been discovered on three British Airways planes. Tests are being carried out on the Boeing jets in London and Moscow as part of the investigation into Litvinenko’s death. British Airways is trying to contact all the passengers who travelled onboard the planes in the past weeks.
A spokesman for BA says that could amount to some 33,000 passengers spread out over 221 flights. The Scotland Yard inquiry continues into the ex-KGB spy’s death a week ago. He fell ill at the start of November after meeting two Russian contacts in a London sushi bar.
It has been revealed he was poisoned with Polonium 210, a rare and highly toxic substance. Traces of it have been found in several locations across London including Litvinenko’s home and the hospitals where he was treated. In a letter made public after his death, he accuses the Russian president Vladimir Putin himself of ordering his killing. The Kremlin dismisses the claims as nonsense.