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A large Demonstration Emergency Exercise called “Bird Strike 2014” was held at Split Airport, on 26th March, 2014. This exercise represents one of regular activities aiming to raising readiness of all services, and preparing for summer season flight timetable which, this year, starts on 30th March.

The exercise simulated an aircraft accident happened on behalf of take off. According to scenario, while running on the runway a collision between aircraft and birds happened. Due to engine damage the aircraft crew gave up the take of and initiated emergency braking. Consequently, and because of main landing gear tire rupture, the aircraft slid off the runway ending with considerable damages and large number of casualties.


The event is realised together with external services. Alongside with Split Airport staff, it included participation of Resnik Airport Police Station, Croatian Air Traffic Control – Branch Office Split, INA Avioservis – Split, National Protection and Rescue Directorate – Split Regional Office, County Centre 112, State Intervention Unit, Helicopter Transport Unit – Divulje, Red Cross Kastela, Emergency Medicine Institute – Branch Office Kastela, Voluntary Fire Departments of Kastel Gomilica, Kastel Sucurac, Trogir, Public Fire Department – Split, Funeral Company Lovrinac, Town of Kastela, Split and Trogir Headquarters, as well as Split-Dalmatia County Headquarters.


“Bird Strike 2014” Exercise was held in the presence of colleagues from other airports of Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was also attended by representatives of Croatia Airlines, foreign countries embassy and consular departments, Civil Aviation Agency, Air, Sea and Road Accident Investigation Agency, Association of Traffic Engineers AMAC, FSC, and others.


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