Full Scale exercise at Larnaka International Airport successfully completed

A full-scale exercise was successfully completed today at Larnaka International Airport in Cyprus under the code name ‘Aircraft Crash’.

Various government and non-governmental departments and services, operating both inside and outside the airport, took part in the exercise.

According to the exercise scenario, an aircraft incoming from Athens veers off the runway during landing and crashed within the airport area. Immediately, part of the aircraft is destroyed and catches fire.

The aircraft evacuation procedure starts immediately, while rescue teams and the airport’s emergency services arrive at the scene, aiming to rescue the passengers and crew.

The exercise is part of the ongoing efforts to improve the level of readiness and coordination of all the Airport services involved during emergency situations.

Officials and heads of services and organisations involved in airport operation and crisis management, were invited to attend the exercise.

Operator Hermes Airports said it expresses its satisfaction concerning the final outcome of the exercise, adding: “The findings of the exercise will be evaluated and used accordingly, in order to further improve the emergency response levels and the overall performance of the various services.”