U-EMEX 2015 annual aviation safety exercise held in Udon Thani

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UDON THANI, 4 August 2015 – Thailand’s northeastern province of Udon Thani held an annual aviation emergency response exercise or U-EMEX 2015 to ensure that its provincial airport have all staff, equipment and systems ready for any kind of emergency, Director of the Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office Sarawut Palawat revealed during the exercise.

The exercise involved a mock-up accident in which an airplane experienced a mechanical problem at the front wheels while landing in the airport. The wheels’ failure made the plane skid off runway, causing an oil leakage that finally led to a big blast.

The exercise was conducted strictly in line with Thailand’s national emergency plan 2015 and the safety standards of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The drill embraced not only outdoor training but also involved all working groups in the emergency response system, making it a full-scale exercise from tabletop to every specific task force. In this year’s exercise, four rescuers of Laos’s national rescue team also came to observe and joined the activity in Udon Thani.