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Preparing for a Plane Crash: Disaster Drill at Tucson International Airport

Published: Mar. 27, 2008 at 10:28 AM MST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM MST
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Lauren Burgoyne KOLD NEWS 13 News Reporter

While authorities cannot always predict a terrorist attack; it's something they can't prepare for enough.  On Wednesday emergency responders from all over Tucson gathered at Tucson International Airport for a mock plane crash that involved at least 150 participants.   FBI agents, police, firefighters, medical technicians and others worked together to react to the near real 5 hour disaster drill.

Bodies were scattered all over the desert landscape along with debris from the plane.  Volunteer victims participated by playing dead or faking serious injuries that were made to look real with make-up.  First responders had to take care of the wounded victims and decide who would be sent to University Physician's Hospital, which also participated in the drill.

Emergency responders tested their extracting skills and equipment when they removed a mannequin from the cockpit that played the role of the pilot. The Federal Aviation Administration requires every airport to perform these drills every three years.  This drill will cost Tucson International Airport an estimated five thousand dollars.