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Savannah airport live drill simulates plane crash

  • A live emergency drill at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Tuesday morning simulated the “crash” of an Airbus A319 into a field southeast of runway 19. The FAA requires full-scale live drills every three years. (Photo courtesy Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport)
  • First responders triage volunteer “victims” during Tuesday morning’s full-scale emergency response disaster drill at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. (Photos courtesy Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport)
  • A live emergency drill at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Tuesday morning simulated the “crash” of an Airbus A319 into a field southeast of runway 19. The FAA requires full-scale live drills every three years. (Photo courtesy Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport)
  • First responders triage volunteer “victims” during Tuesday morning’s full-scale emergency response disaster drill at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. (Photos courtesy Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport)

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, along with various emergency agencies in the area, completed a full-scale airport emergency plan exercise on Tuesday morning.

The exercise was conducted in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations that require an airport operator to conduct live drills on airport property every three years. The drill, which simulated a commercial plane crash in a field southeast of airport runway 19, provided the opportunity for multiple agencies from throughout the region to work collectively with airport fire and rescue crews to enhance response skills for aviation mass casualty incidents.

The exercise also included the use of the Georgia Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Wing Fire Department Aircraft Rescue fire training simulator.

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