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Huntsville airport holds plane crash disaster drill

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Huntsville International Airport will hold a disaster drill on Wednesday. Huntsville International Airport will hold a disaster drill on Wednesday.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

If you see smoke rising from the Huntsville International Airport Wednesday morning, don't be alarmed. Airport staff members are holding a full scale disaster drill.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires airports to hold a disaster drill every three years. Huntsville International's last drill was in 2010.

This year, about twenty-nine mutual aid partners will take part. HEMSI, the EMA, and volunteers will reenact a plane crash in order to test the emergency response of fire and rescue crews, police, medical staff, and even the media should a large-scale disaster occur. This will also offer hospital staff the chance to practice their mass casualty response.

Recent events, like the San Francisco plane crash, will help shape this disaster drill. Huntsville International Airport's drill will simulate a plane crashing on the runway, similar to this earlier crash.

The drill will start at 9 a.m. Once again, if you see emergency response vehicles and smoke at the airport, don't be alarmed. The authorities are just making sure they can keep you safe.

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