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Hamad International Airport Completes ‘Oryx Foxtrot’ Emergency Exercise

Oryx Foxtrot 2018

Hamad International Airport (HIA) successfully completed its Full-Scale Emergency Exercise ‘Oryx Foxtrot’ 2018 recently at Doha International Airport (DIA), Doha’s older airport. The exercise was conducted in collaboration with over 25 government agencies, partners and stakeholders.

Emergency Exercise ‘Oryx Foxtrot’ 2018 was arranged and executed by HIA in accordance with the requirements established by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The airport is responsible for ensuring that the Airport Management Systems and Emergency Preparedness meet the exact requirements of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) Aerodrome Licensing Standards at HIA and DIA.

The objective of the emergency exercise was to test the airport’s crisis readiness in extreme situations, as the highly realistic simulation ensured that any crisis management deficiency at DIA and in Qatar can be made apparent and addressed immediately.

The simulation involved a Gulf Helicopter Bell 412 aircraft mock colliding with an Aeronautical College Piper PA28 while approaching the runway for landing, resulting in mock fatalities, casualties, and debris across the impact area. The emergency exercise saw participation from the Airport Fire and Rescue Service team, Qatar Emiri Air Force Fire Squadron, Civil Defence Firefighting Team, and Hamad Medical Corporation, among others. ‘Oryx Foxtrot’ 2018 was an effective exercise in measuring the coordination of the airport’s various internal and external agencies, companies and stakeholders to ensure that the best crisis management procedures were executed effectively.

According to Engineer Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, the successful execution of the emergency exercise reinforces the high standards of safety and security for passengers and the airport community at large.

As a joint effort between HIA, the QR Group and our partners, we are proud to once again demonstrate our safety and emergency preparedness as well as our swift coordination efforts in the event of an emergency.’

‘Oryx Foxtrot’ 2018 is a continuation of previous emergency exercises implemented by the airport. Last year, HIA successfully organised two full scale emergency exercises – the ‘Delta Oryx’ 2017 which focused on testing the airport’s preparedness for handling aircraft accidents outside of airport premises, and a simulation of a crash landing into the sea; as well as the ‘Echo Oryx’ 2017 which tested DIA’s crisis readiness.

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