Aircraft Crash and Rescue Exercise Conducted on the Third Runway

Press Release - 24/05/2022

(HONG KONG, 24 May 2022, 1730hrs)  –  Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) conducted an aircraft crash and rescue exercise today, in preparation for the commissioning of the Third Runway this year.

Conducted in accordance with aerodrome licensing requirement, the exercise aimed to provide Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) and the airport community the opportunity to familiarise with the emergency procedures and test its readiness in responding to contingencies on the new Third Runway. 

Over 350 representatives from some 20 organisations and Government departments took part in the exercise, with HK Express as the participating airline. Volunteers role-played as passengers and families of affected passengers.

A simulated arrival flight carrying 30 persons-on-board overbanked to compensate for gusting winds during landing and sustained damage. According to the exercise scenario, the starboard engine of the A320neo aircraft stroke the Third Runway and caught fire.

Airport North Fire Station personnel immediately set off the crash alarm while AAHK promptly activated the Airport Emergency Centre. Emergency services including fire services and police soon arrived at the scene to effect fire fighting and rescue, render medical care, casualty conveyance and other support. A total of 18 fire appliances and 16 ambulances were deployed to the scene.

The exercise also simulated the handling of fatalities and rescue of injured passengers and crew members. The injured persons were conveyed to two hospitals while uninjured passengers were transferred to the Passenger Reception Centre. After immigration and customs clearance, the passengers were received at the Family Reception Centre at the airport.

A simulated press conference was conducted, jointly attended by representatives of AAHK, Air Accident Investigation Authority, Fire Services Department, HK Express and Hong Kong Police Force to provide updates on the incident and rescue operations.

Vivian Cheung, Executive Director, Airport Operations of AAHK, said, “At HKIA, safety is always top priority. As the Third Runway will commence operation this year, this aircraft crash and rescue exercise provided a valuable opportunity for the airport community to test its readiness in responding to contingencies on the new runway. With the successful completion of the exercise, we crossed another milestone in preparing for the commissioning of the Third Runway this year.”

HKIA conducts drills, exercises and training seminars regularly, covering a variety of operational disruption and emergency scenarios, including severe weather, system failure, equipment malfunctions, public health incidents, security incidents, among others.

Active participants in the exercise included: (in alphabetical order)

Government departments

  • Air Accident Investigation Authority
  • Auxiliary Medical Service
  • Civil Aid Service
  • Civil Aviation Department
  • Customs & Excise Department
  • Fire Services Department
  • Hong Kong Police Force
  • Hospital Authority
  • Immigration Department
  • Information Services Department

Business partners

  • Airport Chaplaincy
  • Aviation Security Company Limited
  • China Aircraft Services Limited
  • Hong Kong Express Airways Limited
  • Hong Kong Airport Services Limited
  • Raffles Medical Group


  • Hong Kong Red Cross
  • Hong Kong St. John Ambulance

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The exercise simulates an incident in which an engine of an arrival flight strikes the runway during landing and the engine catches fire.

Emergency services including fire services and police soon arrive at the incident site after the crash alarm is activated.

Airport Emergency Centre is activated to facilitate close communication and coordination between various departments and organisations.

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