Photos: largest-ever airport safety drill
Shortly after 5pm yesterday, a full-scale emergency drill – the "Smyril 2022" – began near Vágar Airport in Sørvágur.
The drill aimed to test the airport emergency plan and the interdisciplinary cooperation of the 18 different authorities, companies and organisations that make up the airport’s response team.
The crisis simulation was centred on a plane with 122 passengers that crash landed just west of Sørvágur after a failed launch.
Emergency procedures and coordination of Vágar Airport, the police and Atlantic Airways were assessed, and first responders at the crash site engaged in firefighting, emergency medical treatment, patient transport and sea and land rescue.
Vágar Airport is required to carry out large-scale safety drills once every four years to put to task the level of preparedness and safety standards of all the airport’s agencies. The last such exercise took place in 2018.
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