On 20th April 2016, the demonstration exercise named “Sova 2016” was held, with aim to test preparedness of all intervention services in the case of airport aircraft accident. The exercise was held in night conditions.
According to the scenario, the cause of aircraft accident was defect of hydraulic system of aircraft arriving to Split Airport.
“When the aircraft was crossing “Giser” navigation point, Air Traffic Control was reported about defect of hydraulic system of B737-700. The captain expressed doubt regarding possibility of lowering of landing gear and safe landing of aircraft. Air traffic controller announced total emergency alert and informed airport services about possible emergency situation. After that, all activities in accordance with Proscribed Emergency procedures were started.”
Besides Split Airport employees, the following entities participated in the exercise:
• Croatian Air Traffic Control – Split
• Airport Police Station – PAP Resnik
• State intervention unit of Civil Protection – Split
• INA Avioservice – Split
• National Protection and Rescue Directorate – Regional Office Split
• County 112 Centre
• Institute of Emergency Medicine – Kastela
• Transport Helicopters Squadron – Divulje
• Red Cross – Kastela
• Public Fire Brigade – Split
• Volunteer Fire Department – Kastela
• Volunteer Fire Department – Kastel Gomilica
• Volunteer Fire Department – Kastel Sucurac
• Volunteer Fire Department – Trogir
• Funeral Company Lovrinac – Split
• Protection and Rescue Headquarters – Kastela, Split, Trogir and Split-Dalmatia County.
Split Airport would like to thank all participants for successful and efficient reactions and coordination shown during the exercise.
The Feast of St. Bartholomew, the patron of Split Airport, was traditionally celebrated with appropriate program.
The Holy Mess in the medieval church of Saint Bartholomew was attended by Split Airport employees, as well as by numerous guests and believers from neighbouring places.
Small stone church of St. Bartholomew was built at the end of 13th and the beginning of 14th century. It is situated on the hill within Split Airport area, and it is open for public only one day every year.
The program continued with a party hosted by Split Airport General Manager, Mr. Luksa Novak.
Split Airport informs citizens of towns of Split, Kastela and Trogir that regular Airport Emergency Exercise will be held on 20th April 2016, from 20.30 to 22.00 hours.
A large number of outside fire and rescue forces and emergency services from Kastela, Trogir and Split areas participate in the exercise. Therefore, many vehicles with lights and sirens will move towards the Airport.
In the immediate surroundings of the Airport sound alarms may be heard and fires and smoke clouds may be observed during the exercise.
We kindly ask citizens not to be disturbed, because it is related to the exercise aimed at testing the response preparedness of all emergency intervention services.
Considering agreed flight timetable, Split Airport foresees 6 percent increase of operations and 8 percent increase of passenger numbers. A total of 51 airlines announced their flights during summer season. Five of them are new ones.
Regarding new destinations, we particularly mention MSQ (Minsk), DOL (Deauville) and ANR (Antwerpen). We also point out the growth of number of flights from Scandinavia, Switzerland, Great Britain, France and Greece.
It is also important to emphasize an ever increasing number of shoulder season and low season flight announcements.
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