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Sultan Mahmud airport conducts crash drill at night
Kuala Terengganu: The Sultan Mahmud airport (LTSM) here created history on Monday when it became the first in the country to conduct a plane crash drill at night.
The drill simulated the crash of a small passenger plane carrying 12 people and it started with the plane bursting into flames after it crash landed.
LTSM Air Disaster Unit (ADU) sprang into action to save the passengers, helped by the Fire and Rescue Department, police and other related agencies.
Rescuers whisked passengers away from the crashed plane and gave first aid treatment to the injured while fire engines doused the flaming wreck.
LTSM manager Dr Ahmad Ramli Mahmood said the drill was a success as ADU managed to save all the "passengers", seven of whom were "badly wounded" and the others "slightly injured" in the simulation.
He said LTSM had conducted air crash drills on a yearly basis since 2007 and decided to have a night time drill this year.
"No other airports in Malaysia had conducted a night time air crash drill and we feel that there is a need to test our ability to handle the situation if a plane crash happen at night," he said.