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Emergency drill carried out at Larnaca airport

An emergency drill was successfully carried out at Larnaca International Airport, Hermes Airports announced on Tuesday.

The exercise involved various government and non-governmental departments and services based both within and outside the airport.

“According to the exercise scenario, an incoming aircraft from London during its final approach for landing, crashes at Larnaca Airport, and part of the aircraft collapses while one of its engines catches fire,” Hermes said in a statement.

“The crew then commences an immediate aircraft evacuation while the emergency services of the airport arrive at the scene and launch rescue operations.”

For the first time, it added, Hermes’ marketing and communications department also participated in the drill and had the opportunity to test its communication procedures during a crisis.

The goal of the exercise was to determine the coordination and readiness level of all the relevant services and the emergency responding agencies when faced with a major emergency.

“Hermes wishes to express its satisfaction with the final result of the exercise,” the airport operator said.

“Conclusions have been drawn and will be evaluated and implemented appropriately with the aim of improving the level of rapid response and the overall efficiency of the various services.”

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