Passenger plane crash drill at Tenerife airport


DRILL: Firefighters in action during the plane crash simulation

TENERIFE North Airport has staged a training exercise to recreate the scenario of a commercial aircraft with 62 people on board crashing near the runway.

The simulation was designed to analyse the co-ordination and response time of airport and emergency services in the Canary Islands.

Daily operations at the airport were not affected as the emergency plan swung into action.

Firefighters, ambulance crews, National and Local Police, Guardia Civil and Civil Protection teams took part in the exercise while hospitals were put on alert.

During the drill the airport also set up victim and family care, including counselling assistance, and press facilities.

Tenerife North Airport (TFN), formerly Los Rodeos Airport, is one of the two international airports on the island of Tenerife, Spain.

In 1977, the airport was the site of the worst accident in aviation history when 583 passengers and crew were killed after two Boeing 747s collided on the runway in heavy fog.

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