UPDATED: Emergency airport exercise on Little Cayman canceled

Red Cross volunteer Adrienn Sergios and her daughters, Jessica, 6, and Christina, 4, are helped by firefighters. First responders got a refresher course in aviation disaster management in 2015 when the Cayman Islands Airports Authority simulated a plane crash. - Photo: Matt Lamers

UPDATE: A full-scale emergency exercise that had been scheduled for today at Little Cayman’s Edward Bodden Airfield has been cancelled. Cayman Airways says the exercise will be rescheduled for a later date.

ORIGINAL: Cayman Airways is conducting a full-scale emergency exercise at the Edward Bodden Airfield on Little Cayman on Tuesday, April 25, from approximately 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The exercise is a requirement of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands for Cayman Airways Express operations on Little Cayman, a press release states.

It will involve a Cayman Airways Express Twin Otter aircraft parked on the Edward Bodden airfield, along with approximately 10 volunteers as passengers, Cayman Airways staff and officials, and Little Cayman emergency services.

Cayman Airways says the exercise will test the effectiveness of its Aerodrome Emergency Plan for Little Cayman, which is designed to minimize the possibility and extent of personal injury and property damage in an emergency.

The exercise is also an opportunity for airline staff to test their local station emergency plan, practice the use of on-site equipment and emergency services, and to evaluate coordination between agencies and government departments.

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