Mass Drill at Ben Gurion Int'l. Airport

Ad Feedback - TEL AVIV, Israel - Authorities at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport staged a real-life aviation drill, complete with emergency landing and live fire.

The drill, which began at 9:00 a.m., required a one-hour shutdown of airspace between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.

The exercise simulated the flight of a Boeing 747-200 that crashed after departing for Manchester, England.

El Al provided a plane for the simulation. As part of the drill, fire was started on the plane's deck and rescue workers had to reach the scene within two minutes.

Thirty ambulances, 30 fire trucks and 200 senior army officers took part in the exercise. An army helicopter evacuated critically injured passengers.

The drill also included opening centers to assist victims' families, attend to passengers who were not critically injured and provide information as needed.

The emergency exercise was conducted using the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization , as part of Ben Gurion's emergency preparedness.

Source: Haaretz

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