MIA conducts Mangalam 2022 at night to Test Emergency Preparedness
Mangaluru: Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) in association with the Dakshina Kannada District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) conducted Mangalam 2022, a scheduled mock full-scale aerodrome emergency exercise (FSAEE) in the early hours of November 11. MIA conducted the exercise by the guidelines given by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the recommendation of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
The 75-minute exercise that culminated at 1.38 am envisaged a pre-defined specific scenario chosen by the airport and was performed accordingly. The exercise involved a collaborative action by all the stakeholders at the airport, who responded as per the roles and responsibilities are given to them. MIA conducted a similar exercise on May 22. 2022 as per MoCA recommendation to the airport to hold it annually.
The objective of this exercise is to strengthen and validate the efficiency and efficacy of airport operators and various stakeholders to deal with an actual emergency. Additionally, it was also to strengthen and validate the process set up in the aerodrome emergency response plan and of the airlines and the procedures followed by all other stakeholders is at high benchmark to handle an emergency systematically in any such a scenario.
Independent observers consisting of domain experts from the DDMA and aviation sector assessed the reaction of various stakeholders to the created scenario. MIA recorded the valuable observations in the debriefing meeting. The observers appreciated the airport for coming up with initiatives with different emergency scenarios, which will give all stakeholders the continued confidence to tackle the resultant situation, with efficiency
The FSAEE was conducted keeping safety, security, and passenger well-being as a priority always. These statutory drills are in line with the steadfast readiness of the airport to deal with emergencies.