Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Emergency teams tested in simulated plane crash

By Clarence Eiseb
20 September 2006

Elsie’s River looked like a battleground yesterday with emergency services rushing to save passengers.

This exercise is done every two years to test the readiness of emergency and security services who deal with accidents involving passenger jets. It’s done by Cape Town International Airport and the Airports Company of South Africa.

The exercise simulated a passenger aircraft with one hundred ninety six people onboard. The plane caught fire, whereby emergency services had to search and rescue, do body recovery and contain the fire.

Johan Minnie, City Disaster Management spokesman, said that more than three hundred emergency personel attented.

Alan Meyer, South African Airways station manager said that, should such a situation occur, all the safety policies are in place.

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