An Emirates 777 aircraft crash landed at Dubai Airport but what could have been a terrible tragedy resulted in a swift evacuation of the aircraft in 45 seconds with all onboard safe on the ground.
We don’t want to imagine accident scenarios which might endanger the lives of passengers, but that is what emergency training is for, and Emirates has some of the best training facilities in the world.
I know this because I have seen them and observed evacuation practices. The have cabin simulators for severe turbulence and onboard fires, which cabin crew must routinely train in, as well as a full-sized wave pool to practice water landings. All of the equipment is state of the art.
The priority placed on routine emergency exercises, as required of all carriers around the world, can make all the difference as was proven today. Say what you will about accommodating cabin crew trained to provide excellent service, when these same crew are trained to command in an emergency the results are evident.
Today’s event proves that Emirates not only values its brand experience, it values the safety of its operations enough to properly train and empower their crew.
Emirates and the emergency services at Dubai Airport are to be commended for saving the lives of all onboard EK521.