by Nick Delgado
Guam - If you were passing through the area of the Guam International Airport today, you might have noticed an increase in emergency vehicles there. The airport today issued several news releases that an aircraft early this morning experienced complications during takeoff and ended up at the far end of the runway.
However, it was only a drill - in fact the exercise is part of the agency's triennial FAR Part 139 certification that requires the airport to conduct a full scale disaster drill. GIAA Executive Manager Mary Torres says the event tests mutual aide response with other agencies like the Guam Memorial Hospital, the Guam Fire Department, the Guam Police Department, and the military.
"It's important because we always have to practice, practice is critical and you never want to get to a situation where you are complacent, where you are not responsive or fully aware and familiar with your airport emergency plan," Torres said.
Torres adds the results of the exercise will be sent to the Federal Aviation Administration as part of the airport's certification.