Budapest Airport holds successful emergency exercise


Photo by Róbert Baranyi/Budapest Airport

Hundreds of people took part in a simulated rescue event amidst huge smoke and fire during Budapest Airport’s full-scale emergency exercise, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

A disused training aircraft was employed to imitate an accident as part of the simulation to prepare the organizations involved in rescue operations for dealing with a possible real-life disaster.

The simulated scenario entailed an aircraft arriving at Ferenc Liszt International Airport suffering an accident after landing, with its right main landing gear collapsing and catching fire. The situation had to be managed by the units of the organizations involved in the rescue. Among the hundreds of people taking part in the exercise, 50 people volunteered to pose as the passengers of the crashed aircraft. The others took part in the lifelike simulation as the staff of the authorities, airport, and rescue organizations involved in the rescue effort.

The simulation involved several injuries and fatalities, and the rescue scenario was complicated by the fact that the aircraft was carrying 9 tons of fuel, which is explosive, and also other dangerous goods.

Budapest Airport organizes a full-scale emergency exercise every two years, in line with international regulations, preceded by several months of planning. The objective is the same every year: to refresh and rehearse the script, coordinate rescue and communication processes, so that in the event of a real incident, all participants should be fully aware of their roles and responsibilities.

In addition to Budapest Airport’s emergency response units, the following organizations took part in this year’s exercise:
Airport Fire Service
Airport Medical Service (AMS)
Airport Police Directorate
Airport Service Budapest Zrt.
Budapest Disaster Management Directorate
Budapest Government Office National Public Health Division
Constitution Protection Office Aviation and Airport Branch
Counter-Terrorism Center
HungaroControl Zrt.
Ministry for Innovation and Technology Aviation Authority
National Ambulance Service
National Tax and Customs Administration Airport Directorate
Rapid Response and Special Police Services Air Police Command
Rapid Response and Special Police Services National Criminal Investigation Office
Transportation Safety Bureau


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