Airport Drill Simulates Aviation Disaster (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 06/11/12)
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A large exercise held this past weekend at the Ben Gurion
International Airport simulated a serious aviation disaster.
During the exercise, which was named Flamingo and was conducted by
the Israel Airports Authority (IAA), an emergency landing was
simulated, during which the plane´s left landing gear collapsed. As a
result, the left engine and wing brushed against the runway and the
plane caught fire, killing 37 passengers and injuring dozens.
The exercise was attended by fire fighters, paramedics, Israeli
police officers and members of the ZAKA volunteer organization’s
Shfela area unit, commanded by Mendy Haviv.
A total of about 1,200 people, 90 ambulances and 20 fire engines took
part in the exercise. According to Haviv, “This exercise is extremely
important, because ZAKA Shfela volunteers are called to the airport
whenever there is an emergency landing. It is important that the
volunteers are prepared if, G-d forbid, a real incident were to take
The exercise began at 10:00 a.m. local Israeli time, using skeletons
of old buses which were torched as a model. In the first stage, the
rescue forces set themselves at the scene of the “accident.” The
second stage included putting out the fire, and then treating
the “survivors and casualties” among the passengers. IDF soldiers
played the passengers in the crashed plane. The third stage of the
exercise took place at the Trade Fairs & Convention Center in Tel
Aviv, where a treatment center for victims´ families opened up.
Rami Nir, head of ground operations at the IAA, summed up the
exercise a success, adding that the cooperation between all
participating parties was successful. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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