Yesterday morning in United Kingdom, the news of Harare International Airport Accident flashed on every screen and every tweet, the panic rouse to its peak as travelers, relatives, friends and family started calling the airlines and travel agencies in horror and stress. The news was initially confirmed by a Senior Aviation Authority, a Boeing 767 was involved in the accident. Ambulances were seen rushing to the scene, smoke clouds coming up from one runway at the Harare International Airport, Local hospitals were alarmed for emergency and doctors on leaves were also called in, Journalists and news agencies from around the world sent off their representatives to Harare…………However, the drama finally ended as a “Successful Drill” according to the authorities.
It is not the first time that media and communication channels are used as a part of such drills. In 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2006 the same sort of “Airport Accident drama at Nairobi Airport” caught the media and public attention. The Question is, can the impact of such drills be measured on psychology of the masses? Is that justified to carry on the drills without any prior notification to the media? And also if repetition of such drills can cause a “Cry Wolf Syndrome” at large?
We leave the answers to the masses! But this sure has a huge impact on the airline industry’s struggling economies, the ever increasing bankruptcies, the countable low cost airlines and recession after effects on the travel and tourism industry that are taking their toll.
Fortunately, cheap flights to Harare Zimbabwe are offered by Air Zimbabwe, British Airways (via Johannesburg) and Lufthansa, all these airlines released timely and immediate news yesterday for not being involved in any accident!
Here we also advise that such news should always be taken seriously, no matter if it is later found out to be only a routine drill. After all, the drills are to ensure our security, safety and coordination, so being a part of it is also our responsibility.