18 March 2017
Auckland Airport has announced that it will carry out its own review of the events surrounding yesterday’s death of Aviation Security Service dog Grizz.
The event was difficult for the whole airport team, particularly for the agencies and staff who tried to do everything they could to capture the dog. Everyone involved in airport operations understands how important working dogs are to the safe and secure operation of airports.
The Emergency Operations Centre team, which includes representatives of the border agencies, airlines, ground handlers and New Zealand Police, made their difficult decision only after they exhausted all the viable options available to them.
We understand and acknowledge the strong community response to the decision, and our thoughts continue to be first and foremost with the Aviation Security Service dog handler, his colleagues, and all those who were involved in yesterday’s events.
Auckland Airport will be conducting its own review of the events and will liaise closely with the Aviation Security Service, which is also conducting a review.
What is the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)?
In the event of an emergency incident at Auckland Airport, the EOC is activated. The EOC is a group representing all organisations operating at the airport including government border agencies (including Aviation Security Service), airlines, ground handlers, New Zealand Police, fire rescue teams and representatives of Auckland Airport operations.
How does the Emergency Operations Centre work?
When handling an emergency incident the EOC group makes the decisions collectively as a group and those decisions are made considering all possible implications and options. Auckland Airport does not make these kinds of decisions by itself and the EOC collectively shares the responsibility for the decision.
What does the Emergency Operations Centre consider when dealing with emergency incidents?
Public and passenger safety is critical and particularly so when considering the safe landing and take-off of aircraft. In addition to this, there are multiple vehicle movements across the airfield at any one time and ground staff to consider.
Why is an uncontrolled dog dangerous on the airfield?
Birds, animals, drones and loose foreign objects all pose a threat to aircraft that are taking off or landing. Aircraft must operate in a safe environment with certainty.
Is Auckland Airport conducting a review into the incident?
Yes, Auckland Airport will be conducting its own review of the events and will liaise closely with the Aviation Security Service, which is also conducting a review.