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Bali Stages Mock Plane Crash and Hostage Scenarios to Sharpen Island's Emergency Response Skills

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Within the space of a single week, Bali conducted two fully-fledged emergency scenarios enacting a plane crash at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport and a hostage situation at Bali's Hard Rock Hotel.

Crash of Bali Holiday Flight 001

Fictional Bali Holiday Flight Number 001 on a flight from Hong Kong to Bali crashed on landing in Bali on Wednesday, December 17, 2008, at 10:50 a.m.. The airplane burst into flame resulting in the death of 3 and injuries for 62 more. 115 psuedo-passengers escaped the crash scene without injuries.

The crash simulation allowed various airport and island-based laws and emergency response teams to hone their rescue skills in preparation for a day that everyone hopes will never come. The practice drill was structured around the imaginery flight of an Airbus-320 flights that encountered clear air turbulence over the Philippines resulting in-flight 5 injuries, including one member of the crew. In a developing situation scenario, the "flight" contacted Makassar's air traffic control (ATC) who directed the crew and its injured passengers to Bali's airport where a full emergency response team stood by on the tarmac.

The Plot Thickens

When the plane was 70 miles out from its Bali landing, the cockpit reported that engine #1 was producing smoke, causing the pilot to request a emergency "direct-in" landing. With the pilot’s control of the aircraft deteriorating, the “make believe” flight then ditched on the right side of Bali's sole runway.

9 fire trucks rushed to the "scene" of a the crash – a mock up of an airplane engulfed in fire - to extinguish the flames roaring from the fuselage. Simultaneously emergency crews assisted passengers who were running from the crash scene as they evacuated the dead and injured.

The flames were put out within 20 minutes of the plane's crash landing.

While only an emergency simulation, passengers at Bali's air terminal and road traffic in the vicinity of the airport were mesmerized by the sight of flames, smoke and large armada of ambulances and fire trucks on the scene.

Commenting on the exercise, Heru Legowo, General Manager of PT Angkasa Pura, the management authority for the airport, said the detailed exercise reflected the airport's and supporting services’ commitment to safety, security and service through compliance to best practice for modern airport operations.

Holding Hard Rockers Hostage

In a separate emergency preparedness drill held on Thursday, December 18, 2008, elite armed-forces troops from the "anti-terror 88 brigade" and police officials staged a storming of Bali's Hard Rock Hotel to free 15 "hotel guests" being held by make-believe terrorists.

Local press quoted a guest's reaction who said "good god" to witnessing the simulated storming of the hotel by police and army official in full battle gear.

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