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Crash mocked up at Gran Canaria airport 

Medical response times were tested when an air crash was mocked up on Gran Canaria.

The simulation involved a ATR-72 commercial airline and a smaller Piper, with five “deaths” and seven injuries for doctors and the Red Cross to deal with.

As well as teams from the SUC (Canary Emergency Service) and Canary 1-1-2 emergency line, the mobile disaster unit was brought in, together with logistic vehicles and ambulances.

The SUC said continuous exercises like this all helped to establish ways of dealing with disasters with multiple victims and tested the response of staff.

The Canary 1-1-2 centre was responsible for organising resources to get to the airport. A team member travelled with them to continue co-ordination on the ground.