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Evacuation drill at airport

TO SAVE LIVES: An Airports Authority of India personnel rushing into the terminal building of the Coimbatore Airport during an evacuation demonstration on Thursday. Photo: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

TO SAVE LIVES: An Airports Authority of India personnel rushing into the terminal building of the Coimbatore Airport during an evacuation demonstration on Thursday. Photo: S. SIVA SARAVANAN  

Staff Reporter

To create awareness among air passengers and civil aviation staff

Coimbatore: As part of the ongoing Civil Aviation Safety Week celebrations, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at the Peelamedu airport conducted a fire safety evacuation drill on Thursday.

The demonstration was primarily aimed at creating awareness among the air passengers and stakeholders in civil aviation i.e., the private airliners and various wings of the airport, the Airport Director, K. Hemalatha said.

With many of the airliners being new entrants to the industry and the staff being youths without much exposure to handling crisis situations, the demonstration became imperative, she added.

Ms.Hemalatha first briefed the staff at the airport on the preparedness and methodological approach to be adopted in handling the situation especially in terms of evacuating those in the terminal building of the airport.

To prevent passengers from panicking, an open announcement was made that it was a demonstration. While the AAI team handled the situation with its fire service wing, the Central Industrial Security Force personnel led by its Deputy Commandant, P.J. Rajkumar along with AAI staff, evacuated the visitors and passengers from the terminal building.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police (Headquarters-Control Room) of the Coimbatore City Police, C. Kandasamy and his men took care of the peripheral security arrangements outside the airport.

Passengers who had checked in with their luggage were segregated and removed to a safe, sterile zone along the tarmac.

Entry into the airside of the airport beyond the security hold area was halted. Those in the concourse area were removed to the portico, clearing the place for fire service personnel with breathing apparatus and fire fighting suits, to take over. The personnel quickly checked the entire terminal building and declared it open for normal operations.

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