Columbia Metropolitan Airport to conduct simulated aircraft accident as part of emergency exercise

Photo obtained from Columbia Metropolitan Airport Facebook page.

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport will be conducting a full-scale emergency exercise Thursday morning, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. AirSafe 2019 will be held on the airport property adjacent to Platt Springs Road.

Airport representatives want the public to be aware that this is a practice drill, and should not alarm passers by if they observe fire, smoke, and/or emergency vehicles near the airport Thursday morning. Airline operations will continue as normal, and there will be no disruptions to flight schedules as a result of the exercise.

“Providing safety for our travelers is our number one priority”, said Mike Gula, CAE’s Executive Director. “Our team takes this exercise very seriously and has worked hard to address various scenarios in our emergency plan. Many thanks to our mutual aid partners for their collaboration with this exercise as it provides the opportunity for each of us to practice response to a real-life emergency.”

AirSafe 2019 will be a joint effort and exercise between the Columbia International Airport, and other emergency, law enforcement and federal agencies.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires that commercial airports conduct an emergency exercise every three years, to test the effectiveness of their emergency plans. The exercise, which will include a simulated aircraft accident, will provide the airport emergency personnel, airport staff, and airline personnel the opportunity to put the emergency plan into action.

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