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Vnukovo International Airport held night special tactical exercises to practice actions in emergencies on the airfield

25 september 2020

At Vnukovo airport, night full-scale special tactical exercises were held with imitation of an aircraft's emergency landing, followed by fire.

The topic of the exercise is "Actions of the management staff of Vnukovo International Airport, the rescue team, Vnukovo-3 Business Aviation Center's emergency team, personnel of the Vnukovo airport complex enterprises, cooperating organizations and departments during an aviation event at Vnukovo airport, code "Blue" with the subsequent transition to the code "Red."

The purpose of this event is to work out the most practical forms and methods of interaction between the units of the Vnukovo airport complex in an aircraft accident and increase the training of personnel in performing measures to localize and eliminate an emergency on the airfield.

According to legend, the Tu-134 aircraft en route to Vnukovo airport from Singapore, there were 14 passengers and five crew members on board. Twenty minutes before landing, the airport's flight director received information from the aircraft commander about the right engine's failure. The crew performed an emergency landing because the starboard engine and the expiring jet fuel under the aircraft fuselage caught fire. During the report, the aircraft commander said that there might be injuries among the passengers, there is a threat of fire entering the cockpit and spreading it into the aircraft cabin.

During the exercises in conditions of limited visibility, several emergencies were practiced, the "Alarm" was declared according to the established procedure, and then the code of the accident "Blue" changed to the code "Red." According to the Emergency Plan, changing the code to "Red" means an immediate threat to people's life and health on board. According to the scenario, it was assumed that there were seven victims on board.

During the exercise, actions were practiced to rescue passengers, crew and provide assistance to conditionally injured, extinguish a fire on an aircraft, and tow an aircraft that had lost its ability to move independently. Besides, staff practiced organizing emergency rescue operations in emergencies and tested the knowledge of algorithms for error-free interaction between services.

About 100 people and more than 30 pieces of special equipment, including fire engines, ambulances, and other technical equipment, were involved in the three-hour exercise. SAR flight support service specialists performed the role of passengers and crew members.

As part of the exercise, the work of two latest-generation fire engines, the Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 new, was demonstrated. These unique Austrian vehicles can reach a maximum speed of 130 km per hour and allow you to arrive at the fire scene twice as fast.

Based on the exercises' results, the readiness of airport services and officials was determined to perform work on an aircraft's operational evacuation from the Vnukovo airfield.

Well-coordinated and coordinated actions of specialists of all services made it possible to fulfill the assigned tasks as soon as possible, which is extremely important when air passengers' life and health are at risk.

"All the services involved showed good results - they professionally and promptly completed the tasks assigned to them, observing the required time interval," noted Oleg Tatsitov, head of the search and rescue flight support service at Vnukovo airport.

"Conducting such exercises not only improves the qualifications of all airport services but contributes to an increase in the safety level of air passengers on the territory of Vnukovo International Airport and the entire Moscow aviation hub," stressed Leonid Shipil, director of the Vnukovo airport's airfield complex.

The exercise was supervised by Dmitry Erzakovich, First Deputy General Director of Vnukovo Airport. Representatives of Rostransnadzor, Rosaviation of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Search and Rescue flight support service of Russian airports, Pobeda and RusLine airlines, EMERCOM, the line department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia at Vnukovo airport, and representatives of airport services were invited as observers and guests of the event.

The calculations performed following the exercise were assessed as successful. The goals set for implementation during the special tactical exercises have been achieved. At the end of the training, the results were summed up, directions for further improvement of personnel actions in an aircraft accident were developed.

During the exercise, Vnukovo Airport was operating normally. All flights were handled according to the central timetable.

Vnukovo International Airport is one of the largest air transport complexes in Russia. Annually, the airport serves about 200 thousand flights of Russian and foreign airlines. The route network of the airport covers the entire territory of Russia, as well as neighboring countries, Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. In 2018, Vnukovo International Airport broke a historical record and served 21 million 478 thousand passengers, which is 18.4% or 3 million 340 thousand passengers more than in 2017.

The airport complex Vnukovo has a total area of about 300 thousand square meters. Vnukovo airport is able to provide capacity of up to 35 million passengers per year.

Vnukovo International Airport, the only one among the airports of Russia, received the award of the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin for his labor success and highly professional performance.

In addition, Vnukovo Airport was recognized as the best airport in the category “International Airport with passenger traffic of over 10 million passengers per year” of the national award “Air Gate of Russia” as part of the V National Aviation Infrastructure Show NAIS-2018. In 2019, Vnukovo Airport was recognized again as the best airport in the category “International Airport with passenger traffic of over 15 million passengers per year”.

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