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Emergency Information

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority is committed to providing accurate and timely information to the news media should an on-site emergency take place at RDU. Please be mindful that the early minutes of an emergency situation are dedicated to the emergency response.

Keep the following in mind should an emergency occur at the airport:

  • The media will be notified about the time and location of any scheduled briefings through media advisories and on Twitter at @RDUAirport. We will do our best to provide a working area for credentialed media.
  • The Airport Authority will provide periodic briefings as information becomes available. If an aircraft is involved, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will become responsible for the release of information once the agency arrives on site.
  • The Airport Authority’s designated spokesperson will only provide basic information during the early stages of the emergency.

Public Information Responsibilities

The following is a summary of information that may be disseminated during an aircraft emergency and the agency responsible for communicating with the media:

  • Confirmation of an incident: the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority’s Communications, Government & Community Affairs department
  • Cause of an aircraft incident: National Transportation Safety Board
  • Passenger manifest: The airline involved in the incident
  • Passenger and bag screening process: Transportation Security Administration
  • Air traffic control communication: Federal Aviation Administration