Drill at Columbia airport to simulate plane crash

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 4:21 p.m. CDT; updated 4:53 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 22, 2010

COLUMBIA — A simulated plane crash and fire at Columbia Regional Airport on Thursday will test the readiness of local, state and federal agencies to respond to such an episode.

The drill begins at 6 p.m. It will simulate the crash of a 50-passenger aircraft and a post-crash fire, using a Mobile Aircraft Fire Simulator purchased by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Missouri Department of Transportation. The MU Fire Rescue Institute operates the simulator.

The drill also will require emergency responders to tend to actors portraying victims with injuries.

The airport will remain open for regular operations during the drill, and patrons who are there at the time will be told about the exercise.

There will be 19 local, state and federal agencies participating in the drill. The Federal Aviation Administration requires such full-scale training every three years.

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