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The front section of a simulated Q300 aircraft alight on the side of the Invercargill Airport runway. Photos: Petrina Wright

STAFF at the Invercargill Airport in conjunction with Invercargill fire, police, St John and Southland Hospital staff participated in a simulated aviation emergency training exercise at the airport on Tuesday.

Invercargill Airport general manager Nigel Finnerty said the aim of the exercise was to test the airport’s processes and staff’s response to an emergency situation and identify areas where improvements could be made.

The scenario involved a simulated Q300 aircraft landing heavily on the runway and breaking into two sections.

The back of the aircraft was alight to the side of the runway, attended to by Invercargill Airport rescue fire appliances and Invercargill fire units, while further along the runway 12 injured passengers from the front section of the plane were attended to by Invercargill firefighters and St John emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

Mr Finnerty said the airport conducted an emergency training exercise every two years.

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