Harare airport 'accident' a drill

An accident reported at Harare airport was an exercise and no aircraft were involved in any incident.

A Zimbabwean aviation official said an accident reported at Harare airport was an exercise and no aircraft were involved in any incident. "There was a drill. We have to test our preparedness, and response capabilities every now and then," said the senior official of the Civil Aviation Authority, who declined to be identified. Zimbabwean authorities will be holding a news briefing later today. Britain's Foreign Office also said the incident was a drill. "As we understand it, it's a drill, it isn't real, it hasn't really happened," a British Foreign Office spokeswoman said. Civil Aviation authorities earlier reported there had been an accident at the airport leading to injuries but no deaths, and media reports said the flight involved had originated in London. A Reuters witness said the situation at the airport was normal with people waiting for flights arriving and departing. *Reuters