12 Jan 2020
A full-scale airport emergency drill, aimed at offering training to relevant officials was successfully held at Phnom Penh Intentional Airport today.
Speaking at a press conference, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Civil Aviation Chea Aun said the exercise AIRPEX-19 was organized under the theme, “Rescue hostages on airplanes,” noting that this was the first security exercise following years of carrying out safety drills in the civil aviation sector.
Mr Aun noted that this large-scale exercise was designed to assess management plans and check on infrastructure in the emergency management room, as well as to monitor emergency management teams in particular cases such as kidnapping and taking of hostages in a plane by a terrorist group.
“Cambodia now has three international airports – Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. They are playing an important role in Cambodia’s aviation, connecting Cambodia to regional and global destinations,” he said.
According to a press release, the large-scale exercise included 12 scenarios and involved external intervention units, including 70 Brigade, 911 Brigade, Special Anti-Terrorism and Air Force, along with private agency staff working at Phnom Penh International Airport.