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Manila rescuers conduct airport emergency drills

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 01:15

Rescue personnel participated in a security drill at the international airport in Manila as the city prepares to host this year's APEC leaders meeting. Julie Noce reports.

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Firefighters douse a mock airplane engulfed in flames at the international airport in Manilla. Rescue workers retrieve passengers from the burning vessel and bring them to safety. It's all part of the city's annual security exercises ... preparing security forces and private rescue groups in the event of an airplane accident. This year's drill falls just days ahead of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders meeting set to take place next week. The retired military general in charge of the drill says the timing couldn't be more appropriate. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) CHAIRMAN OF EVALUATING TEAM, RETIRED MAJOR GENERAL VICENTE GUERZON JR., SAYING: "This is the perfect opportunity to check our degree of preparedness for the APEC, on matters of safety for the heads of states, to have the feeling of a safe and secure airport." Twenty-one heads of state are expected to attend the APEC meetings, including U.S. President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Philippine authorities have strict security measures in place for the meetings, including no-fly zones, and have cancelled some 1,300 flights so leaders can arrive.

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Manila rescuers conduct airport emergency drills

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 01:15