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BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON NATIONAL AIRPORT/ADAMS FIELD
EMERGENCY CONTINGENCY PLAN

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field (CNA), Little Rock, Arkansas, has prepared this Emergency Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Questions regarding this plan can be directed to Charles Jones at cjones@fly-lit.com. Clinton National Airport is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because it is a commercial airport.
Read the Airport Emergency Contingency Plan 

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION PLAN: 

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) is committed to working with media outlets in both emergency and non-emergency circumstances to provide information to the public. 

To assist media in responding to an airport emergency incident, the airport has compiled a Public Information Plan for media access which is designed to provide  valuable information on airport procedures and appropriate contact representatives.

All media inquiries should be directed to:

Shane Carter, Director of Public Affairs and Governmental Relations

Office: 501-537-7373

e-mail: scarter@fly-lit.com


What happens immediately after an emergency incident?
Will there be a media center?
Where should media park?
How will information be disseminated?
Will media be allowed at the accident site?
What media identification will be necessary at the site?
What about helicopters and fixed wing aircraft?
Will there be access during a bomb threat?
What are the different emergency classifications?
What types of emergency equipment does our airport have?
Which agencies are involved when an emergency situation occurs and what are their areas of responsibility?
How do we contact the airline?  
What are the types of aircraft? 

 

Public Information Plan for Media 

What happens immediately after an emergency incident?

Media outlets will be notified throughout a "Red Ball Release". The release will be sent via fax and e-mail and will contain as much information as is possible at the initial stages of the emergency.  Because of the intense activity required by all departments of the airport to gear up for the emergency, it will not be possible to answer questions during the initial phase of the incident.


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Will there be a media center?

 

A clearly marked media center will immediately be established in the second floor public conference room located directly across from the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission offices. In the event the terminal is evacuated, media will be notified of any alternate gathering area.

The media center will be the site of all formal briefings on the event. All media representatives will be issued appropriate temporary ID badges at the media center. All activity, such as trips to the accident site will be coordinated from that point and will be dependent on the location of the accident.

If an aircraft in-bound or out-bound from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is involved in an accident off, but in close proximity to the airport, a media center will be established to provide briefings on the incident.

If an aircraft is involved in an accident some distance from the airport (i.e. inbound aircraft from Dallas crashes in the Texarkana area), no formal media center will be established and contacts will be handled on an individual basis.

The media center will be equipped to the extent possible to facilitate coverage of the story. It is highly advisable, however, that media representatives plan to provide their own communications equipment (cell phones, radios, etc.)

It is expected that the communications systems at the airport will be strained to the limit during the initial phase of any emergency situation--at least up to a point where emergency communications trucks can be brought in to augment the existing system.


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Where should media park?

Media may park in the east short-term or Fast Class parking lots (The Fast Class lot was formerly known as the west short-term). Depending on the event, media will be accommodated at other locations should these areas not be accessible. Comp parking is available to media during an emergency event.          


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How will information be disseminated?

All briefings will be held in the media center. The first briefing will be scheduled as soon after the incident as possible. It is anticipated that briefings will be held every 30 minutes or so during the early stages of the emergency and will become less frequent as incident closure progresses. Beyond the basic information, additional infomration whether about the aircraft or passengers involved will be provided by the company involved, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) or Federal Bureau of Invvestigation (FBI). 

In addition to airport personnel, representatives from various agencies involved in the incident, as well as representatives from the commercial airline involved will be requested to make themselves available to brief the press.

In the event the emergency involves military aircraft, representatives from the Little Rock Air Force Base will also receive a request to be present.

It is strongly recommended that media outlets plan to have someone stationed in the briefing center at all times at least during the initial phase of the emergency since some briefings have to be done off schedule--as in the case of an official who may be leaving the scene and might not be available during regular intervals in which briefings are scheduled.

Every effort will be made to have information provided in the briefing committed to paper to facilitate the reporting of the story.

All media requests for information will be directed to the entity in possession of the information.It should be understood that the airport can request--but not demand-information from some sources.

Where possible, media representatives should provide individual questions to airport personnel after the formal briefing sessions as opposed to telephoning those individual requests. They will be handled quickly as possible.

If possible, the briefing schedule will be set up to accommodate early morning and noon-time live news programs as well as the five, six, seven, nine and ten o'clock news cycles and newspaper deadlines.

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Will media be allowed at the accident site?   

Escorted trips to the accident site or appropriate viewing location, as determined by the airport, will be coordinated from the media center. The exact workings of these visits, must and will, be dictated on a case-by-case basis. In all cases the area must be determined fire safe, rescue operations must not be impeded, and evidence which could prove essential to the crash investigation must remain undisturbed. Security at the site will be handled by the Little Rock Police Department. In the case of a military aircraft, security personnel from LRAFB will also be on site.

Media vehicles such as satellite trucks, may be permitted on the airfield with a proper escort, but will not be permitted travel anywhere else on the airfield other than where escorted.

All press vehicles must be clearly marked with an identifiable company logo. For the duration of the emergency, the airport will also issue signs to be displayed on vehicles designated for travel to the incident scene.

At the site, every effort will be made to provide a spokesperson for the fire, rescue, and security agencies involved for interviews on the work of the agencies.

It should be noted that two approaches to Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport carry aircraft over the Arkansas River. An accident involving a downed aircraft in the water presents a completely different and more difficult set of logistical problems. The airport will make every effort to escort media representatives to a landside area as near to the accident site as possible to enable photographs, site and rescue descriptions. 


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What media identification will be necessary at the site?

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport has strict security requirements as defined by 49 CFR Part 1542 which is enforced by TSA. The Airport does not issue any type of temporary badge in accordance with the Airport Security Plan. Media may only access the site escorted by an airport badge holder.


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What about helicopters and fixed wing aircraft?

It is important to note that requests for permission to fly near or land at the crash site must be directed to the control tower at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field by the pilot of the helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. There is a good possibility that helicopter or fixed wing aircraft may have to be restricted since they greatly reduce communication on the airfield and can interfere with rescue operations. This will be particularly true during the early stages of the emergency.

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Will there be access during a bomb threat?

In the event of a bomb threat, access to all restricted areas of the airport will be denied.


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What are the different emergency classifications?

Airport emergencies are usually classified in one of two categories: Alerts or Conditions. This information is intended to help you decipher the different classifications.

Alert 1 - (Local Standby)

An aircraft is known or suspected to have an operational defect. This defect should not normally cause serious difficulty in achieving a safe landing. 

Alert II - (Full Emergency)

An aircraft is known or suspected to have an operational defect that affects normal flight operations to the extent that there is danger of an accident.

Alert III - (Aircraft Accident)

This alert means an aircraft accident has occurred on or in the vicinity of the airport.

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What types of emergency equipment does our airport have?  

The Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) equipment housed at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport includes two Rozenbauers and an E-1. The trucks are designated Redball 1 through 3 and are capable of using water and chemicals to control fires resulting from aircraft accidents. The firefighters who staff them are specially trained and equipped to handle fires and other contingencies resulting from aircraft accidents.

In case of any Alert II or Alert III, the emergency equipment at the airport, plus three trucks from outlying stations of the LRFD along with a MEMS ambulance are automatically dispatched.


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Which agencies are involved when an emergency situation occurs and what are their areas of responsibility?

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Operations Department

The Operations Department has operational control and security of the Airport during aircraft emergency situations.

Little Rock Police Department

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport ARFF Station (Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting)

The ARFF crews are responsible for firefighting and emergency medical rescue operations.

National Transportation Safety Board

The NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are the federal agencies that investigate aircraft accidents.

Federal Aviation Administration

The FAA operates the control tower and controls the air traffic during an emergency to permit rescue equipment to proceed to the accident site. 

FAA public affairs activities for Arkansas are directed from the FAA Southwest Region Office in Fort Worth, Texas.

The primary contact for FAA public affairs is Roland Herwig. He can be reached at 817-222-5804. The number for the communications center which can be reached 24 hours a day is 817-222-5006.

Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) exists to protect the nation's transportation systems.

Involved Airline

The involved airline is responsible for providing information regarding passengers aboard the aircraft and any detailed information about the flight, flight activities and the aircraft.


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How do we contact the airline?   

American

Corporate Communications  817-931-1348

Delta Air Lines

Morgan Durrant 404-714-8520

Frontier

Lindsey Carpenter 720-374-4560

Southwest

Nancy Hines 214-792-4847

United

Communications 847-700-5800/5300

US Airways

Corporate  480-693-5729

 
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What are the types of aircraft?   

American Eagle

Embraer/Canadair Regional Jets

Continental Express

Embraer/Canadair Regional Jets

Delta/Delta Connection

>MD 88(Mainline); Embraer/Canadair Regional Jets 

Southwest

Various models of the 737 (300 and 700)

US Airways

Canadair Regional Jet

United

Embraer Regional Jet

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
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