Dresden Airport conducted a scheduled emergency drill on Saturday. Under the project name "Lilienthal 2022", around 180 members of the fire brigade, rescue services, federal and state police and airport employees practiced the emergency.
This did not lead to any restrictions in flight operations. According to the international and European guidelines for civil air traffic, Dresden Airport is obliged to carry out emergency drills at regular intervals.
The exercise scenario provided for an emergency landing of an aircraft after a bird strike, which occurred during take-off at Dresden Airport. The Airbus crashed on landing, so the plant fire brigade had to carry out a firefighting operation and evacuate injured passengers who were unable to get off the plane on their own.
The emergency exercise trained the cooperation of all organizational units involved and the correct action of the emergency services. In this way, the risk for those affected and helpers can be minimized in the event of an incident. The focus was on firefighting and rescuing people after the emergency landing. In addition, the valid alarm and action plans were checked and the coordination of the specialist services and management levels at the airport was tested.
The airport's traffic management and traffic control center, airport fire brigade, airport security, environmental protection, customer service and corporate communications departments, as well as the aircraft handling company PortGround, took part in the exercise. The Elbe aircraft works participated as a partner.
In addition, numerous institutions from Dresden and the surrounding area were involved. These included the Dresden professional fire brigade and the Dresden district fire brigades from Wilschdorf, Weixdorf, Mobschatz and Klotzsche/Hellerau.