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YVR Hosts Emergency Response Exercise

April 15, 2008

More than 100 volunteers and multiple agencies participate in simulated plane crash Vancouver Airport Authority today hosted a live emergency exercise simulating an aircraft collision to practice emergency response plans with business partners. Regular airport activities proceeded as normal.

April 15, 2008 - 10:30 AM

More than 100 volunteers and multiple agencies participate in simulated plane crash Vancouver Airport Authority today hosted a live emergency exercise simulating an aircraft collision to practice emergency response plans with business partners. Regular airport activities proceeded as normal.

The exercise scenario involved a mid-air collision of two aircraft, in which one aircraft landed in the water and the other at the threshold of the cross-wind runway. The scenario was selected to involve multiple airlines and as many responders as possible, including Canada Coast Guard, Richmond RCMP, Richmond Fire Rescue, Canada Border Services Agency and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. More than 100 volunteers playing injured victims, passengers and family members participated in the exercise, giving everyone involved a realistic experience.

YVR's Emergency Management Plan centres around three principles - prevent, prepare and practice - and deals with any emergency situation, be it an aircraft incident; a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, fire or flood; a medical emergency; a security threat; or a biological hazard. It is assessed and refined on an ongoing basis to incorporate knowledge gained through real-life and simulated emergency situations, and the latest developments in airport safety and emergency management.

"Protecting the health and safety of passengers, customers and employees is a top priority for Vancouver Airport Authority," said Don Ehrenholz, Vice President, Airport Operations, Vancouver Airport Authority. "A plan is only as good as its execution, which is why practicing is so important. We work with members of the airport community on live scenario training, like today's exercise, emergency simulations and table-top exercises to test and constantly improve our plans."

About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR expects to welcome 17.9 million passengers in 2008, and is an Official Supplier to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR welcomed 17.9 million people in 2008, and is the Official Airport of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 70 airlines serve YVR, including scheduled carriers, charters, code share and cargo carriers which connect travellers to more than 130 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

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For more information:
YVR Media Relations
Vancouver Airport Authority
604.880.9815
media_relations@yvr.ca
www.yvr.ca

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