Islamabad—Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has successfully conducted a full scale airport emergency exercise on Tuesday to cope with the situation in case of aircraft crash or emergency situation at the airport.
The exercise was conducted in collaboration with Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, Punjab Emergency Services Rescue-1122, Edhi Foundation, Capitol Development Authority, Military Hospital, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, District Headquarter Hospital, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, along with doctors and paramedics, who actively participated in this exercise.
The exercise was organized under the command of airport manager to establish coordination amongst the participating agencies for carrying out rescue and fire operations in case of aircraft crash or emergency situation at the airport.
The exercise enabled the management to test the response of all concerned agencies involved in aircraft accident or incident according to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Crisis and Emergency Response Plan (CERP), said a press release.
An Airbus A320 was used for the demonstration with 130 mock passengers on board in the simulated exercise. The response time was achieved in less than three minutes before the agencies along with fire and rescue department successfully evacuated all passengers from the aircraft.
Speaking on the occasion, Airport Manager Muhammad Afsar Malik highlighted the significance of the exercise. The aim of the exercise was to ensure adequate response of all personnel and resources, emergency check of equipment and communication. Such exercises give a chance to review deficiencies and improve operations in case of any emergency at the airport.
The airport manager said that Pakistan being a signatory to the ICAO conventions is bound to implement the required standards and recommended practices to ensure smooth airport operations.