Sirens reverberate across Amager as emergency services conduct emergency drill
Not everyone knew it was an exercise
Yesterday afternoon at around 16:00, locals in the south of the city would have seen many different types of emergency vehicles – police, fire, medical and others – racing towards Copenhagen Airport.
One of them even emailed the Copenhagen Post. "Possible good topic for news," he wrote. "Plane crash in CPH airport."
But no, it was not the kind of human disaster that every city fears, but all part of a mandated emergency response exercise.
The airport and local authorities are required to conduct such a training session every four years.
A test of emergency preparedness
The test simulated the crash of an Airbus 320 aircraft north of the airport shortly after take-off.
The scenario involved the plane crashing in Kystvejen in the city district of Amager, just around the corner from the airport's P17 carpark, with 120 passengers and crew on board. The plane broke into three parts and hit a bus that overturned to lie on its side. Participants portrayed injured passengers on both the plane and the bus.
The exercise is aimed at testing the masterplan for emergency action and response at the airport, including interdepartmental co-operation.