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Albuquerque International Sunport To Hold Emegency Preparedness Exercise

Realistic drill involves multiple agencies, victims to test response.

October 22, 2013


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – On Wednesday October 23rd between 9 a.m. and noon, the north end of the former Runway 17/35 will look like something has gone terribly wrong at the Sunport.  In reality, multiple agencies will be holding a mock aircraft accident to practice a coordinated response in the unlikely event of an actual accident.

Players from the Sunport, Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration, Aviation Police, Kirtland Fire Department, Albuquerque Fire Department, Albuquerque Ambulance and several area hospitals will all participate in the exercise.

"Our primary concern as an airport operator is the safety and security of our customers," Aviation Director Jim Hinde said. "Holding these types of exercises ensures the Sunport, our partner agencies, airlines and first responders are adequately prepared and work in unison to handle any emergency situation that may arise."

Media interested in covering the exercise should meet in the "E" Gate area of the terminal, located on the ticketing level to the left of the escalators, no later than 8:45 a.m.  You do not have to stay for the duration of the exercise and transportation back to the terminal will be provided as requested.

The Albuquerque International Sunport is a world-renowned facility that welcomes nearly six million travelers per year.  We are committed to providing a clean, safe and passenger friendly facility to meet the travel needs of visitors and New Mexicans alike.  The Albuquerque International Sunport is owned by the City of Albuquerque and operated by the Aviation Department. For Sunport information, please visit our web site at or call (505) 244-7700.