Mumbai International Airport. Photo: Flickr

A reusable dummy aircraft made from scrap that was set on fire during an emergency drill bagged first prize at the 30th Renovative Kaizen Conference & Competition, said organizers on Thursday.

According to reports, Mumbai International Airport’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) team chose the idea of creating an in-house dummy aircraft using scrap material instead of the regular scrap bus, to conduct the mandatory biannual emergency drill in March at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

It took the team two months to create the dummy aircraft that was first used for a realistic simulation of an aircraft crash for an airport emergency drill. It was made in such a manner that it can be reused even after undergoing a fire drill.

IANS quoted a spokesperson as saying, “Its cost-effectiveness and easy to handle features made it beneficial for the ARFF team to opt for it rather than taking an actual scrap aircraft or a bus for the drill. Besides, it can be used as a simulator for other purposes like training firefighters.”

The annual Confederation of Indian Industry Renovative Kaizen awards are given to organizations in recognition for their contribution to continuous improvements in business processes and management.

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