CE01 : Emergency landing
Text & pictures : Serge Van Heertum - SBAP
14:00 pm Brussels local time, the Belgian Air Force Embraer CE01 coming from
Châteauroux (Fr) performed an emergency landing. During the approach the plane
flew into heavy turbulance and one of the engines caught fire. The crew asked
immediately to perform an emergency landing like this is foreseen in case of
damage. Rapidly after landing the emergency plan was launched and the Brussels
Airport firebrigade did an intervention followed by the medical crew. The result
of this incident was that five passengers were injured. One heavily injured
with a broken leg, the four others suffering only light injuries. The most
severe wounded person was first stabilised and then brought to the military
hospital. The other passengers could get back home after a medical check.
At 15:25 pm local time, a press conference was held by Colonel B. Flamang the Melsbroek basecommander. He precised that this was the first time that such an incident happened with an Embraer aicraft and also underlined that the crew, pilots (The captain has 4600 flight hours and the First Oficer and instructor 2500 flight hours) and attendant did their job perfectly to avoid a catastrophical scenario.
This story was in fact the scenario of the post crash management (PCM) exercise held on October 25th. A needed exercise for the evaluation of the emergency plan in case of a crash. This is the best way to check all the levels of reactions and communications. The main goal of course is to correct the possible imperfection...
|Arrival of the CE01 at BruMil (courtesy Daniel Brackx - BAHA)|
|Fast intervention as soon as the plane was stopped||The first injured are coming out|
|The light injured are moved to the medical center||It's the Brussels Airport firebrigade who did the intervention|
|Engine fire after heavy turbulance||Brussels Airport truck|
|A great team working between civil and military authorities||Colonel B, Flamang during the press conference|