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Entebbe airport fakes plane crash with ‘180 passengers’ on board


A full scale exercise to test Entebbe International Airports emergency readiness in case of an aircraft accident was held at the Airport on the morning of Friday 29th July 2016.

The exercise that kicked off at 10:00 am involved simulation of an accident in which a “Red Squirrel Airlines” (pseudo name) plane with 180 people on board crashed and caught fire while landing.

The exercise assumed that some people lost their lives and a number of survivors were critically injured sparking off an emergency situation in which fire fighters and all the other rescue agencies swung into action to save lives.

The Civil Aviation Authority’s Fire Fighting and Rescue Services personnel put down the ensuing fire while medics from various hospitals were immediately summoned.

Doctors and nurses accessed the site and took care of the “victims”, rushing the critically injured to Entebbes Grade B Hospital, International Hospital Kampala (IHK), Nsambya and Rubaga Hospitals.

Stakeholders that participated in the exercise included Grade B Hospital in Entebbe, Nsambya Hospital, Rubaga Hospital, International Hospital Kampala, The Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, Aviation Police and Airlines.

The Police Airwing, Uganda Peoples Defence Airforce and Handling Companies at Entebbe Airport also participated.

International Civil Aviation Organisation regulations require each international airport in the world to conduct such emergency preparedness exercises on a regular basis so as to rehearse and perfect rescue efforts in the unfortunate occurrence of an accident.

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