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Airport operators complete successful emergency drill

The exercise flight was identified as United #1719X traveling from Newark, New Jersey to San Juan.

The exercise flight was identified as United #1719X traveling from Newark, New Jersey to San Juan.

Aerostar Airport Holdings, LLC conducted its Full-Scale Emergency exercise at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport successfully with an average response time in line with the protocols of federal regulatory agencies, executives said.

The four-hour exercise had 300 people — including volunteers and personnel from federal, state and municipal governments — participate in the emergency drill that called for reacting to a flight that arrived at the airport with mechanical problems and lost an engine while landing on runway 8.

Airport emergency personnel responded to the incident and in line with the rapid response time set by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Our support staff, in all areas concerned, responded diligently to ensure achieving the established objectives to guarantee the safety of the passengers and the airport operations,” said Agustín Arellano, chief executive officer of Aerostar Airport Holdings, management company of the LMM.

The exercise was performed in accordance with federal aviation regulations, which require U.S. airports to conduct an emergency drill on a large scale every 36 calendar months to ensure the highest level of preparedness.

“We’re very pleased with the performance of all staff that helped to carry this emergency drill successfully,” Arellano said, of the second emergency exercise that Aerostar has conducted.

The airport operations were not affected, officials said.

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