Fairbanks airport holds emergency drill

Posted: Friday, June 07, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks International Airport emergency response crews held a mock air crash on the runway of the airport Thursday to test their ability to deal with a large-scale disaster at the airport.

The drill was intended to simulate the collision of a Boeing 737 with a large cargo plane during landing, airport officials said.

It was part of a mass casualty exercise that the Federal Aviation Administration requires all certified airports to go through every three years.

''Actually, it's not only practice for us, it's practice for the hospital and other emergency agencies,'' said spokeswoman Cora Kelley.

In addition to airport workers, emergency workers from throughout the borough were involved, including hazardous materials crews and hospital workers from Fairbanks Memorial and Bassett Army hospitals.

About 80 Boy Scouts and military personnel played the role of crash victims from the mock crash.

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