Huntsville Int’l Airport Simulates Plane Crash for Disaster Drill

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A full-scale disaster drill is currently underway at Huntsville International Airport. It's a federal requirement to hold these types of drills for practice in case of a real emergency.

The drill began at 9 a.m.  The airport and its 29 mutual aid partners escorted media to a simulated plane crash site earlier this morning.  WHNT News 19's Beth Jett is there, and reports 108 people were on board the plane, including 102 passengers and a six-person crew.  The simulated crash happened just short of the runway.

UAH nursing students are posing as victims.  Observers from other airports are also there to watch the drill and critique local personnel.

The drill will conclude at 12 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires a live drill every three years to test emergency responses for communication, fire and police, emergency medical services, hospital "multiple casualties" plans, mutual aid and the incident command system.

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