Last night at the 2009 Dubai air show the Flightglobal achievement award for aviator of the year went to US Airways Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who famously landed an A320 in the Hudson River last January.
Sullenberger’s win for his phenomenal skills remind us preparation and training are two keywords in this industry. But perhaps there are times when preparation goes too far, or at least too public.
As reported from Gulf News, Oman Air with government and airport agencies staged a drill to respond to a hypothetical aircraft crash.
The Oman Air website even put up a condolence message from their CEO for ‘those killed in the crash’.
The crash announcement on the website said: “Exercise ExerciseExercise Exercise 13th November 2009 11:14 hrs. Revised informationindicates that Flight WY900 had a total of 158 people on board, thereare 126 injuries, 29 fatalities (including all 8 crew) and 3unaccounted for. It is further reported that there are five residentfatalities.”
Anyone know of any other drills that got mistaken for a real incident?