The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will conduct a full scale crash exercise early next month as part of efforts to meet security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The ICAO Annex 14 provides for an aerodrome emergency plan that will cover the coordination and implementation of actions to be taken in an emergency situation occurring within or in the vicinity of an airport.
The crash exercise will take place within the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 12. The scenario revolves around an aircraft, adjacent to Runway 24, that suffered an engine malfunction minutes after taking-off from the secondary runway.
A mock aircraft and fire will be set-up for the exercise.
The crash simulation will test the responsiveness of the fire, medical, rescue, and security personnel. It will also check the efficiency of the communication system in place among emergency responders.
A tabletop exercise was conducted last week to prepare for the full scale simulation.
Aside from the airport emergency team, representatives from the airlines, the Philippine Air Force, the local government units of Parañaque and Pasay and nearby hospitals participated.
MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said that, by means of the crash exercise, management sought to uphold standards provided by the ICAO that will benefit the riding public.
“As an international airport, the NAIA continues to meet global standards of safety and security. This crash exercise will showcase our competence in emergency response and, at the same time, allow us to assess how we can further develop our procedures,” Honrado added.