Increasing preparedness and improving cooperation through the traditional Broken Wing Exercise


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On Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, a traditional three-day crisis response exercise called Broken Wing 2021 took place at the Aviation Academy’s training field at Ljubljana Airport. The exercise was organized by the Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Board of the Ministry of Defence, in coordination with the National Forensic Laboratory of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Fraport Slovenija. More than 70 members of various organizations took part in the exercise, including representatives of the Slovenian Armed Forces, the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, the Criminal Police Directorate, the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Kranj Fire Brigade, and representatives of other NATO member states. As in previous years the exercise attracted many observers, including the Minister of Defence, Matej Tonin.

The exercise first took place fifteen years ago. At that time, it was only a one-day exercise involving a restricted number of specialists in accident investigation from Slovenia. In recent years it has expanded and crossed professional and national borders. Now the three-day exercise each year attracts more than 100 visitors and participants from Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, the United Kingdom and the USA. The exchange of knowledge and experience broadens every year and contributes to the better preparedness and cooperation of all involved in the management of crisis situations. It also offers an opportunity for testing and integration of new technologies such as, for example, Unmanned Aerial Systems.