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Emergency response tested with mock plane crash

Last updated 14:20 27/11/2013

Emergency services were put to the test at Auckland Airport in a mock emergency situation exercise.

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Emergency services converged on Auckland Airport during a mock plane crash today.

Airport compliance and quality assurance manager Roy Robertson says civil aviation rules require the airport to do an exercise of this type every two years.

The simulation saw "passengers" being rescued and treated after fictional airline Blue Sky airway's plane ''crashed'' into the Manukau Harbour.

The airport and various emergency services organisations put in a huge amount of work to organise the exercise.

''The police have been doing a lot of work for it, as have the fire service and St John.

I expect it to be in the area of 100 hours,'' Mr Robertson says.

He says the local coastguard and marine police are also involved since part of the simulation took place on the harbour.

The exercise is considered so important that a consultant from Britain has been brought over to peer review how authorities reacted to the emergency simulation.

Mr Robertson says those involved are striving for ''continuous improvement''. 

Possible improvements are highlighted in a debrief following the exercise.

Popular viewing areas on Puhinui Rd were closed during the exercise.

''If someone was gawking and had an accident, that's not what it's about.''

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- Manukau Courier

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