Is Schiphol prepared for an accident with an aircraft?

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is required by law to have an emergency plan. The Schiphol Alarm Regulations form part of the Schiphol Emergency Control Plan of the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, in which Schiphol lies. The purpose of the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Alarm Regulations is to realise optimal control of emergencies via uniform alarm forms, responsibilities, procedures and powers. With the Alarm Regulations, Schiphol is prepared to deal with all possible events that could disrupt the operational process of the airport. It is extremely important that all employees and authorities involved know the established procedures and can test these in a situation which is as realistic as possible. For this reason, regular drills are conducted at Schiphol.

For example, employees must handle a scenario which is not known in advance, on paper, in accordance with the Alarm Regulations. Drills also take place with emergency services (fire and ambulance services) from the region. Every two years, a ‘major alarm’ drill is conducted at Schiphol. This is required by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). During this exercise, all actions are actually carried out.