Albury Airport Emergency Exercise

Emergency services and Albury Airport staff will test their skills in a major training exercise. The exercise will test the Albury Airport Emergency Plan, as required by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Emergency and support workers will be faced with a simulated scenario in which an in-bound passenger aircraft has a catastrophic wing failure and crashes to the ground adjacent to the runway.

The aircraft fuselage will be represented by one or two buses and volunteers will represent the passengers.

AlburyCity Councillor Alice Glachan said the exercise would help airport staff and emergency services to fine tune their knowledge should they ever need it in a real-life airport emergency.

“Safety is always the number one priority in aviation and we have an excellent record in that field but at the same time, it pays to ensure we are as prepared as we possibly can be in the unlikely event that we do have to respond to a major incident at the airport,” she said.

“By testing our airport emergency plan in conjunction with our emergency services we can learn valuable lessons and fine-tune skills that hopefully won’t ever be needed.”

The exercise will start at 1.30 pm and continue until about 3.30 pm.

All of the city’s emergency agencies have been invited to take part.

The exercise will have no impact on airport operations and flights will continue to arrive and depart as scheduled.

A debriefing will be held after the exercise to assess its efficiency.

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The Albury Airport acknowledges the Wiradjuri people as the traditional custodians of the land in which we live and work and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, culture, tradition and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that contribute to our community.