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Huntsville International Airport prepares for disaster

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A disaster drill was held at Huntsville International Airport Wednesday. The FAA requires airports to conduct live drills every 3 years.

The drill simulated a Boeing 717 crashing at the airport. The pretend plane held 108 people onboard, and when the crash happened, emergency responders had to rush out to save people.

Special airport fire trucks sprayed foam all over a vessel that was smoking. It was supposed to simulate a cabin on fire.

Around 70 "victims" were decked out in makeup injuries. The "victims" were UAH and Oakwood University students.

Several fire and police departments, HEMSI, and airport officials all took part in the drill.

Kevin Vandeberg, Director of Operations at Huntsville International Airport, says It's an educational opportunity for us. We want to get better. We think we have a good relationship, we think we have good procedures in place for our response right now, but we can always get better and that's the purpose of these exercises is to learn and see where we can improve."

There were people watching the drill and evaluating how it went. A report will be released on the findings in about a month.

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