Recently, we were invited over to Suvarnabhumi Airport to watch an Emergency Exercise (การซ้อมแผนฉุกเฉินที่สุวรรณภูมิ) involving a natural disaster. All members of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) must have plans for emergency situations. They have to conduct a partial emergency exercise at least once a year and a full scale emergency exercise once every two years. Last year the simulation was a mid-air hijack in an aircraft that then requested an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Today we went to watch a partial emergency exercise that involved a lightning strike against ground crew standing next to an aircraft.