FAAN demonstrates readiness for airport emergencies
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has demonstrated its readiness for emergencies by a full scale disaster response exercise that was carried out at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday, April 25, 2013.
The drill which began at about 10.55 local time was a simulated plane crash involving a SANNEX AIRLINE with 54 souls on board occurred at the airport runway 36L following an engine failure.
The Aerodrome Rescue & Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) officers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria in collaboration with other responding agencies from Lagos, arrived the crash scene almost immediately and commenced rescue operations.
Paramedics from FAAN, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) and National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) were on hand to attend to the supposed crash victim.
In the simulated exercise, the number of rescued victims was 47, while nine was taken to the hospital for various degrees of injury and five declared dead.
According to the Regional Manager, South West, Mr. Edward Olarerin, “the purpose of the exercise was to ensure that MMIA and other collaborative agencies within and around Lagos can work together in the event of any emergency within the airport environment, especially a plane crash”.
The exercise is to test for the state of preparedness of airport officials that, emergency plans will work when the time comes, as well as train the manpower.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) stipulates that such exercise must be held every two years. It will be recalled that a week ago, a stakeholder’s meeting on Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) was held at the MMIA.