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Airport crisis management - Articles and news items

Lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Airport Extra  •  22 March 2016  •  Shigeru Uno, Narita International Airport

Buildings swayed alarmingly for around two minutes in Tokyo, which is about 250km from Tōhoku. Earthquakes occur frequently in Japan, but the initial shock and subsequent shaking was so strong with this one people soon realised it was serious. And then the tsunami hit.

A safe future

Issue 1 2012  •  7 February 2012  •  Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review

The issue of aviation safety has always produced comment, debate and input on a political global scale. Legislation is drawn up and adhered to although further harmonisation is required across the world for standards to become effective. This topic, as well as numerous other subjects were talked about and recently dissected at the Marriot Hotel in Brussels on the 22 and 23 of November 2011.Zarrko Sivcev, Advisor to COO at EUROCONTROL began proceedings by present - ing the organisation’s involvement in previous crisis situations such as the Balkans in 1999 and more recently the volcanic ash cloud that originated in Iceland and grounded planes across most of Europe. Sivcev was keen to stress the importance of efficient communication as well as garnering political support. Ultimately, it seems that being prepared for the worse case scenario is paramount, which can be achieved through the close relationship with the key airport operational departments.

Air traffic control operations continue despite gas leak

Airport news  •  19 April 2011  •  

On 7 April a gas leak forced air traffic controllers to evacuate the control tower of the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro...

Christchurch Airport resumes operations after New Zealand earthquake

Airport news  •  24 February 2011  •  Nick Jackson

International and domestic flights have resumed following a 24 hour suspension after Tuesday's earthquake.

Investigation begins at Cork Airport following crash

Airport news  •  11 February 2011  •  Mark Glover, Editor, International Airport Review

Teams from Ireland, the UK, Spain and the US are currently are currently onsite at Cork airport (ORK) to find out what caused a plane to crash there...

Six killed in Cork Airport plane crash

Airport news  •  10 February 2011  •  Nick Jackson

Six people have died and six others were injured after a plane crashed in fog at Cork Airport in the Republic of Ireland.

Beyond the piano keys…

Issue 5 2008, Past issues  •  30 September 2008  •  Malcolm Brown, Chairman, IATA Aircraft Recovery Task Force and Manager, Base Operational Maintenance and Aircraft Recovery Emirates Airlines

Airports and airlines alike devote considerable resources into developing contingency plans that enable an effective response to an aircraft accident or incident. These plans differ considerably and vary to cope with the degree of seriousness of the event. However, both are designed to focus on the human welfare aspects of any event and also to cope with the intense media focus that arise as a result of any sizable event, even if there have been no injuries or loss of human life. Fortunately accidents involving loss of life are not common events, but there are non-fatal incidents that are still occurring in excess of one a week.

Better planning for emergencies

Issue 4 2005, Past issues  •  25 November 2005  •  John Goglia, Professor of Aviation Science, Saint Louis University

John Goglia reports from his unique perspective on the outcomes of Operation Atlas, the largest drill conducted in the world to date designed to show how airport and security forces cope with a terror attack.


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