Airport full scale emergency exercise was deemed smooth

Macau International Airport conducted the full scale emergency exercise in the early morning of 12 September 2019 to simulate an aircraft accident with the aircraft veering off the runway and crashing into the water. The airport emergency plan was immediately activated to resolve the crisis.

Macau International Airport conducted the full scale emergency exercise early this morning (12 September 2019) to simulate an aircraft accident with the aircraft veering off the runway and crashing into the water. The airport emergency plan was immediately activated to resolve the crisis. The exercise was deemed smooth and achieved its goal.

The simulation was of an aircraft accident which occurred in the Macau International Airport. As an attempt by the flight crew to go around after landing long down the runway, the aircraft veered off the runway and crashed into the water. The fuselage was broken into several sections and were floating some distance from the runway. The aircraft was carrying 80 passengers, 2 flight crew members and 6 cabin crew members. The accident resulted in some passenger being trapped inside one section of the fuselage while some other passengers being thrown into the water and were floating. The captain immediately declared emergency.

The airport emergency operations centre was activated to take charge of the accident when the airport received the notification. The Fire Services and the rescue team arrived on spot to provide search and rescue services; it was confirmed that there were 10 deceased passengers and 45 injured passengers; those injured requiring medical treatment at the hospital were sent to hospital in a timely manner; a family reception area and a counseling centre were respectively set up in the passenger terminal to provide enquiry and counseling services to the uninjured and the family members of the injured and the deceased.

The exercise started at 03:00 in the early morning of today and lasted for three hours. All participating entities were able to act in accordance with the airport emergency plan as well as their own contingency plans. The whole exercise was deemed smooth. The number of participants was XX.

CAM-Macau International Airport Co. Ltd. was the coordinator of the exercise. Other participating entities were Unitary Police Force, Macao Customs Services, Public Security Police Force, Judiciary Police, Fire Services Bureau, Health Bureau,Social Welfare Bureau,Marine and Water Bureau, Civil Aviation Authority, Air Macau Co. Ltd., Macau Security Company Ltd. (airport security)and Menzies Macau Airport Services Ltd. Tourism Crisis Management Office also took part in the exercise as an observer.

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