Friday, August 11, 2023

Anti-hijack drill tests Dabolim airport’s response mechanism

Panaji: The Indian Navy conducted an anti-hijacking mock exercise at INS Hansa, which also houses the Goa International Airport, in which an aircraft hijacking scene was staged using a maritime surveillance Dornier 228 aircraft.

The mock exercise was conducted in coordination with the CISF, Goa police and airline officials to assess preparedness and response of various agencies in case a passenger aircraft is hijacked.

This anti-hijack drill is carried out once every year as per the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security manual. The exercise is aimed at testing the efficacy of the Anti-Hijack Contingency Plan for Goa International Airport, Dabolim.

“Towards the conduct of exercise, a military fixed wing aircraft simulated to be the aircraft subject to ‘unlawful interference’ and requested landing at Dabolim airport. All actions were taken as per the standard operating protocol,” said the Indian Navy in a statement.

As part of the drill, the pilot of the Dornier 228 simulated a situation where hijackers were on board. The pilot sought permission to land at the naval airbase, which was granted by the Commanding Officer of INS Hansa.

“The aircraft was made to land. The Aerodrome Committee headed by the commanding officer got mustered at the Aerodrome Committee Control Room and all the agencies, including CISF, civil administration, Goa police, bomb disposal squad, civil fire tenders, civil airlines and hospitals were exercised and reaction times were checked,” said the Navy in a statement.

11/08/2023 Times of India

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