Simulated terrorism incident at Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport control tower will play a part in the exercise
Edinburgh Airport control tower will play a part in the exercise

A live exercise and explosion is to be carried out at Edinburgh Airport tomorrow afternoon to test emergency responses.

The public is asked not to be alarmed by a simulated incident in the fuel farm, the location where aviation fuel is stored before being transferred to aircraft.

The live exercise will involve a report being received from Air Traffic Control of a helicopter which has lost communication with the control tower.

Soon after there will be secondary reports of an explosion at the fuel farm, meant to simulate an act of terrorism.

Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport chief executive, said: “We are doing this because we are completely committed to the highest possible safety standards for our passengers and staff.

“This live exercise and the response to it will look real as its purpose is to test our procedures and responses as a live indecent would but I would ask people looking on to not be alarmed and to not try to come close.

“Live exercises provide so many benefits and opportunities for the wide range of services, agencies and departments to test the application of plans and deployment of resources in a fully monitored manner.

“Thankfully, for the majority of us a live exercise of this type is the only exposure we may ever have to anything like a real incident. It provides an opportunity to learn from each other, identify both strengths - and where improvements may be implemented - in what we all do, record findings and to improve our processes and procedures.”