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Drill at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Published on: Monday, September 18, 2023
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Drill at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Rescue personnel carrying an ‘injured’ passenger.
Kota Kinabalu: Rescue teams were on standby when an aircraft “skid” off the KKIA on Friday.

The drill, named Exercise Raja Udang 2.0, was conducted by Malaysia Airports Bhd to test the efficiency of the rescue team.

KKIA Senior Manager Jefry Ramli said, aside from providing exposure to the rescue team on disaster response, the exercise also aimed to evaluate the efficiency of emergency equipment used by all involved department, especially for disasters that happen at night.

“Some 380 individuals from over 30 agencies were involved in the drill,” he said.

“The last time, similar exercise was conducted was in 2018.

“This time, we chose a night scenario as emergencies could happen at any time and we want to assess the capability of our response.

“We hope any weaknesses can be improved and the improvement on our emergency plan is conducted continuously.”

Among the agencies involved were the police, Health Ministry, Fire and Rescue Department, Malaysian Civil Defence Force and the Information Department.

The full-scale exercise started at 9.30pm, involving an Airbus A320 that “skidded” during take-off due to technical problems.

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