Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate, successfully completed a crisis simulation exercise on Thursday 14 September, to test the airline’s emergency response plans and procedures.
The emergency response teams led by Senior Manager, Safety and ERP Captain Waheed Al Subhi were mobilised and the exercise was overseen by Deputy CEO Abdulrahman Al Busaidy and supported by the executive management team.
The exercise was hailed as a success; Abdulrahman Al Busaidy, Deputy CEO of Oman Air said:
“Despite Oman Air having an exemplary safety record we need to ensure that we are prepared in the event of an emergency. We adhere to the strictest standards when it comes to emergency response planning and activation and it was gratifying to see all the procedures correctly put in place last Thursday. All the teams worked together seamlessly to ensure that the simulation exercise ran in textbook fashion and I am confident that we have everything in place should, God forbid, an unlikely emergency event happen.”
The full simulation involved the setting up of the Family Assistance Centre and a Media Centre at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Seeb. Simulated activities such as role playing, providing assistance to family members, form filling and a casualty condition update were practiced at the Family Assistance Centre. At the Media Centre, a simulated press conference took place to run through a media address from the CEO followed with a question and answer session with the media.
The Oman Air GO team was deployed and GO team tents and other gadgetry such as laptops and satellite phones were set up for use. A representative from Kenyon International Emergency Services (the specialised emergency support firm retained by Oman Air) was also present.