Riyadh Airports Implements Plane Veer Test at King Khalid International Airport
Riyadh Airports Company (RAC), which manages and operates King Khalid International Airport (KKIA), has implemented a plane veer test on the airfield at KKIA to determine the airport’s eligibility and preparations to address such emergencies if they occur.
If there is a small deviation in the nose wheel alignment as an aircraft is taking off, or taxiing along the runway after landing, there is a risk that the aircraft could veer off the runway. In both scenarios, this could cause major problems and flight delays at the airport.
Participating in the test were all relevant departments of King Khalid International Airport, in order for a full examination and evaluation of all the procedures to be made in dealing with such an emergency that would require a prompt response and intervention, according to pre-arranged plans.
Eng. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, CEO of Riyadh Airports Company said: “The civil aircraft veer test was successful and achieved all its planned objectives within the predefined time. This demonstrates how effective our plans are for such instances. The test included all possible scenarios, contributing to enhancing security and technical mechanisms in order to raise safety and survival rates in the future.
“I would like to thank all Riyadh Airports’ employees and all relevant sectors’ representatives for their planning, effective implementation and commitment. RAC implements these tests every once in a while, to ensure the extent of its preparations and the effectiveness of followed procedures in dealing with different emergency situations that could hinder ground or air operations at the airport,” Al-Maghlouth concluded.