Full scale civil aviation security crisis management assessment at Douala international airport

Published: Wednesday, 30 October 2019 17:28

All departments, administrations and aeronautical partners were evaluated through the simulation of a full-scale act of unlawful interference at this airport Friday 25 October 2019.

The exercise dubbed "Wouri 3", brought together nearly 200 actors from several administrations involved in the management of a security crisis at the Douala International Airport, on the basis that the airport environment can experience various crises, such as health or safety.

Coordinated by the Secretary General at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and organized by the Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA), its objective was to evaluate the efficiency and the relevance of the crisis management plan of this airport which was validated in 2014. The exercise also aimed at assessing the different participants’ response mechanism in the event of acts of unlawful interference, including the available infrastructure and facilities of the various departments for crisis management.

For over 4 hours, this collective training was based on a scenario of an unlawful act perpetrated at the airport, and it was required that reactions of each of these structures and their specific procedures as per what is specified in the emergency plan of Douala International Airport be evaluated.

This civil aviation security crisis management exercise is the culmination of a process that began with the preparation and training of the various actors last June and more recently from October 16 to 18 and from October 22 to 21, 2019.

It should be noted that "Wouri 3" comes after the 2017 and 2018 partial exercises.

For the CCAA once again, it was a question of enforcing ICAO Annex 17, Standard 5.1.4, which recommends that "each Contracting State ensure that contingency plans are developed and implemented and that means be made available to protect civil aviation from acts of unlawful interference ".

Douala International Airport has an operational plan like all airports and it contains sectoral plans that have thus been evaluated.

At the end of the exercise, the Minister Delegate of the Minister of Transport, Mr. ZAKARIAOU NJOYA noted that "the objectives were achieved". He also congratulated the full success of the exercise which took place without any major incident.

This exercise was attended by an ICAO expert and many guests.