The Maya-Maya International Airport in Brazzaville, tested Wednesday, March 23, 2022 its aerodrome emergency plan simulating a security and safety crisis.
The scenario of this general exercise of the emergency plan of the airport of Brazzaville, staged an aircraft crash of the imaginary company Air Mayombe from Pointe-Noire with 90 passengers and 10 crew members on board.
On landing, the main gear did not extend, the aircraft crashed and broke up on the runway strip with a generalized fire. The intervention of the airport’s rescue teams allowed the fire to be contained and the occupants of the aircraft to be rescued, among whom were 21 dead, 25 seriously injured, 10 slightly injured and 44 uninjured.
This exercise, managed by the Exercise Steering Committee, allowed the evaluation of the documentary and operational system as well as the coordination mechanism of AERCO, manager of the Maya-Maya International Airport in Brazzaville, in a crisis situation.
As part of the continuous improvement of the Brazzaville airport contingency plan, a final report of the exercise will be prepared by the stakeholders to inform the authorities and partners.
The development of an aerodrome emergency plan and its deployment in real or simulated situations is a national and international aeronautical regulatory requirement for any certified international airport.
The objective is to limit the effects of an emergency situation as much as possible by saving human lives, protecting aircraft and infrastructure in order to maintain flight operations.
With the upcoming certification of the Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire airports, AERCO’s ambition is to “become the reference airport group in Central Africa by uniting all airport stakeholders through the professionalism of our teams, the quality of our infrastructure and their compliance with international standards.