Post Crash Management Exercise

Beauvechain 19 April 2010

Text : Courtesy Daniel Brackx   Pictures : Daniel Brackx (BAHA) & Serge Van Heertum

 

In view of the upcoming International Air Show which will take place at Beauvechain on 3 and 4 July 2010, a Post Crash Management (PCM) exercise was organised by Comopsair at this airbase to evaluate, correct and adapt all safety and security procedures in the (unlikely) event that an aircraft is to crash during this major public event.  A worst case scenario staged for the exercise involved engine failure during the official Belgian Air Force F-16 demo presentation flown by Cdt. “Mitch” Beulens.  As the anomaly occurred during a barrel roll the pilot almost immediately lost control of his aircraft and used his ejections seat. Unfortunately the pilot did not survive this ejection and the aircraft crashed onto the RAPCON (radar approach control) situated near the main runway. Several persons operational at the RAPCON were injured, while some were trapped inside their building. Fortunately no-one of the thousands of visitors were harmed as international safety procedures mainly involving distance to the public were respected.  As usual during main public events help was on hand on the base and even the fire brigade of nearby Jodoigne was on stand by at Beauvechain. Within minutes of the accident medical services were in full swing to attend the injured.   Fortunately this was of course all staged in a very realistic way by a large number of players allowing evaluators to observe in detail the course of the events and see how personnel was reacting on sometimes very unexpected situations. Airshow visitors can be sure that if ever the unthinkable would happen, they will definitely be in good and very professional hands.

The fire brigade on duty after the crash
(Serge Van Heertum)
Fire fighters in action immediately after the crash
(Daniel Brackx)
A fire fighter is attending a burned member of the RAPCON personnel
(Daniel Brackx)
The unfortunate pilot, luckily it's only a dummy....
(Daniel Brackx)
The base commander and the CO of Comopsair IPR during the press point
(Serge Van Heertum)

"Airshow visitors can be sure that if ever the unthinkable would happen, they will definitely be in good and very professional hands"

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