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KLIA Prepares To Handle Aircraft Accident Emergency

03 November 2012

Sepang, 3 November 2012 - Malaysia Airports conducted a full scale aircraft accident practice at KL International Airport (KLIA) today to test and evaluate the effectiveness of Airport Emergency Procedure (AEP) for aircraft emergencies at this airport and also to ensure all agencies at the airport are always well prepared in case of aircraft accident.

Besides that, the practice was also to test the response of other support agencies such as Medical Service, Jabatan Bomba & Penyelamat Malaysia, Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM), Immigration Department, Custom Department Airlines, Civil Defence Department, Airlines and other related agencies.

The practice started at 11.00am and is scheduled to end later in the evening. All parties concerned, especially the management and staff of Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn. Bhd. including 150 volunteers who acted as casualties and next-of-kin were involved in this practice.

Dato' Azmi Murad, Senior General Manager Operation Services of Malaysia Airports said, "This practise is important to ensure all supporting agencies are aware and well prepared on their role in case of aircraft accident."

Dato' Azmi added, "Part of maintaining KLIA's standard is ensuring that not only all services and facilities are world-class, but the safety and security of the airport users, all agencies and also the workforce remains one of our top priorities. Malaysia Airports would like to thank all agencies which participated in this exercise, and hope this drill will equip them with relevant skills and knowledge required to handle such incidents."

This practice is also in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and DCA requirement for all airports in Malaysia to conduct a full-scale crash practice once in every two years. Apart from the full-scale crash practice requirement, the airports were also required to conduct an annual Emergency Evacuation Exercise at the terminal building. Regular table top exercises on various emergencies are also conducted regularly.

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