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.
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