Muñoz Marín Airport to Carry out Full-Scale Emergency Exercise
SAN JUAN – Carolina’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (LMM) will be conducting a full-scale emergency exercise (FSE) Thursday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Federal Aviation Administration regulations require U.S. airports to conduct these every three years.
According to LMM’s operator, Aerostar Airport Holdings, the multi-agency exercise “validates many facets of the preparedness phase that focus on implementing and analyzing plans, policies, procedures and cooperative agreements developed in discussion-based exercises and honed in previous, smaller, operations-based exercises.”
A release explains that the emergency exercise is to verify operations to develop effective responses by personnel through the simulation of a passenger aircraft crash, specifically a Boeing 737, sponsored by United Airlines, while landing at LMM, allowing the airport to practice its emergency response procedures, along with business continuity plans to restore functionality.
Besides airport staff, the fire and police departments, area hospitals, universities, and various municipal, state and federal agencies will be participating in the exercise, which will be conducted “in real time, creating a stressful, time-constrained environment that closely mirrors real event situations,” the release reads.
Given that emergency vehicles and personnel will be present, the airport’s operator asks the public not to panic.
Airport operations aren’t expected to be affected during the exercise; “however, you may encounter heavier than usual traffic due to the response of emergency vehicles. Please, allow extra driving time to arrive at the airport” Thursday, the release adds.