SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

May 15, 2007 08:00 ET

Reminder - Los Angeles International Airport to Test Emergency Response With Full-Scale Simulated Aircraft Disaster

Over 700 Participants Make LAX Air Exercise One of the Largest Drills Among U.S. Airports

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 15, 2007 --


WHAT:           LAX Air Exercise (AirEx) 2007 is a full-scale, simulated
                aircraft disaster drill designed to test Los Angeles
                International Airport's (LAX) Emergency Response Plan.
                This unrehearsed exercise is required by the Federal
                Aviation Administration (FAA) to be conducted at least
                once every three years to evaluate the operational
                capability of LAX's emergency management system in a
                real-time, stress-filled environment in which personnel,
                equipment and material are mobilized and deployed. With
                more than 700 participants -- including 200 volunteers
                playing mock "victims" and "family members" -- this year's
                LAX air exercise is one of the largest full-scale drills
                among all U.S. airports.

WHEN:           Tuesday, May 15, 2007
                   1.  Pre-exercise news conference at 11:30 a.m.
                   2.  Full-scale air exercise from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

WHO:            Pre-drill news conference speakers:
                   1.  LAX Airport Manager Jens Rivera
                   2.  Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Donald Austin
                       (Chief Austin will also provide real-time
                       explanation of response efforts)

                More than 700 participants representing over 20
                organizations, including Los Angeles Fire Department, Los
                Angeles World Airports (LAX Airport Operations, LAX Airport
                Police, Construction & Maintenance, Public  Relations, Risk
                Management, Emergency Preparedness), Los Angeles and El
                Segundo Police Departments, Federal Aviation
                Administration, National Transportation Safety Board,
                Transportation Security Administration, American Red Cross,
                United Airlines and LAN Airlines, Federal Bureau of
                Investigation, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Los
                Angeles County Emergency Preparedness and Mental Health
                Departments, American Red Cross, local-area hospital
                emergency rooms and medical units, ambulance services
                and other mutual aid organizations, and other Southern
                California airports.

WHERE:          LAX Imperial Terminal/Flight Path Learning Center
                6661 West Imperial Highway, Los Angeles
                (Thomas Bros., Pg. 702, F-6)
                Media will be in a viewing area on the Imperial Terminal
                aircraft ramp between 150-300 feet from the various AirEx
                activities.

MEDIA PARKING:  Broadcast-equipped TV and radio vehicles ONLY may park
                adjacent to the viewing area in the LAX Imperial Terminal
                parking lot. ALL other media may park at 10700 Pershing
                Drive located on the west side of the airport between
                Imperial Highway and World Way West. LAX shuttle buses
                will transport on a regular basis between the parking lot
                and Imperial Terminal.

SCENARIO:       A Boeing 747 aircraft on approach to LAX experiences failed
                hydraulic systems, resulting in the right main gear unable
                to extend for landing. The pilot declares an emergency and
                FAA air traffic control activates emergency procedures.
                Upon landing, the aircraft loses control and veers off the
                runway. The gear collapses and the aircraft breaks, causing
                catastrophic structural damage as well as an explosion.
                Besides many fatalities, there is widespread panic and
                injuries among survivors.

SOUND/VISUALS:  1. Simulated audio of FAA Air Traffic Control Tower alert
                2. Pyrotechnic display to simulate crash and fire
                3. Static Boeing 747 aircraft and simulated "debris field"
                   of aircraft parts
                4. Emergency responders rush to scene
                5. 200 "victims" in make-up and others acting as "family
                   members"
                6. Medical triage on scene, "fatalities"
                7. Injured dispatched by ambulances and helicopters
                8. Airline, American Red Cross and mental health
                   counselors executing family assistance plans and centers
                9. Public information officers executing media relations
                   and public information center

MEDIA POOLS:    Ground coverage: LAX Public Relations has arranged the
                following media pool that will be escorted INTO the
                incident site during the exercise to shoot close-ups of
                activities at the Incident Command Post, patient triage,
                medical evacuation by ambulance and helicopter, airline
                family assistance, Joint Information Center, and other
                situations that may occur during the unrehearsed drill.
                1. Still photography - Daily Breeze at 310-540-5511
                2. Film - KABC-TV, Jay Eckstein at 818-863-7676
                3. Radio - KFWB-AM, Michael Shappee at 213-305-6935

                Aerial coverage: Due to fire department helicopters
                simulating the medevac of victims by air and to avoid
                congestion in the air, the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower
                at LAX has requested media conducting aerial coverage of
                the AirExercise to form a media pool.

Contact Information

  • CONTACTS:

    LAX Public Relations
    (310) 646-5260
    or 24-hour PR Duty Officer at (310) 523-8994

    L.A. Fire Department Capt. Antoine McKnight
    (213) 359-9415