Civil Aviation Authority Apologizes for Handling of Training Exercise


The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, JCAA is apologizing for belatedly announcing that an explosion at the Norman Manley International Airport on Friday was part of a planned training exercise.

The explosion of a bag at the airport was treated as breaking news on local television.

In a statement yesterday the JCAA said it regrets the delay in confirming that the explosion was part of a simulation exercise.

The JCAA says it acknowledges that its failure to confirm the simulation immediately after the event caused alarm.

According to the authority, it conducts scheduled and unscheduled simulation and other surveillance exercises on a monthly basis.

The JCAA says the simulation process is a crucial aspect of the island’s safety and security oversight systems.

This as they test the readiness to mitigate threats and respond to a variety of emergency situations.

The aviation authority says the simulation exercise at the Airport was one of a number of training regimes intended to test the readiness of the Jamaica’s first responders.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.