‘Runway scare’ at Sharjah is a test of staff readiness
Motorists shocked to see police vehicles rushing to airport
Ambulances and the Civil Defence team rushed to Sharjah International Airport yesterday morning as part of an emergency drill, leaving motorists confounded as to what the commotion was all about.
Motorists were shocked to see numerous police and government vehicles rushing to the airport, thinking that a tragedy had struck the airport.
The rush was part of a large emergency drill that takes place every two years, according to International Civil Aviation Authority directives. The Sharjah Airport Authority in coordination with Sharjah Police carried out the drill at 10am.
A Boeing 737 carrying 80 passengers and crew portrayed an aircraft skidding off the runaway.
As part of the drill, the captain felt a vibration while taking off and saw smoke on the left side of the wing.
The captain followed the procedure of aborting takeoff and simulated a crash on the cement barrier, killing 10 people, including the flight crew, and seriously injuring 25 passen- gers as well as causing minor wounds to 40.
The Anjad patrol and civil defence rushed to the site and evacuated the airport and cordoned off the area.
The civil defence put out the fire which ‘broke out’ in front side of the aircraft and ‘rescued’ the passengers, who were provided with first aid and then rushed to the hospital.
Abed Al Wahab Al Roumi, head of the Civil Aviation Authority, praised the drill. Ali Salem Al Midfa, head of Sharjah Airport Authority, said they are always keen on raising the level of its employees’ performance.