Full Emergency Drill Conducted at Tribhuvan International Airport

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Kathmandu, Jun 10: A comprehensive emergency drill was conducted today at Tribhuvan International Airport to simulate a response to a plane crash. The exercise, held at 1 PM, involved various agencies related to air flight and safety, medical response, and rescue operations.

Airport spokesperson Subas Jha stated that the drill aimed to enhance awareness and readiness to minimize loss of life and property during a crisis or accident and to ensure the airport can resume operations quickly. The exercise focused on improving cooperation among participating agencies, assessing their roles and responsibilities, and enhancing their capabilities.

During the exercise, black smoke was seen rising from the airport area, accompanied by intensified activity from fire brigades, security personnel, and ambulances. This realistic simulation was part of the airport’s interim plan and involved full-time training on handling plane accidents.

Airport General Manager Jagannath Niraula highlighted that the exercise was planned according to the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Airport Emergency Plan. A demo aircraft was used for a full-scale passenger and crew rescue operation on the east side of the runway, with five international flights held in the sky during the exercise.

The drill was observed by Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation Minister Hit Bahadur Tamang, Nepal Civil Aviation Authority Director General Pradeep Adhikari, and other security personnel.

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