It’s only a drill: Plane crash simulation Saturday at Burlington International Airport

It may look like a disaster has occurred at the Burlington International Airport on Saturday, Sept. 12, but it’s only a drill.

An emergency exercise of a simulated aircraft accident will take place Saturday morning, drawing on more than 20 emergency vehicles and 50 volunteers.

The emergency preparedness training occurs every three years as required by the Federal Aviation Administration, to ensure responders are prepared to handle a full-scale emergency.

A Boeing 747 Jumbo jet carrying members of the Vermont Air National Guard returning from a three-month deployment to the Middle East lands at the airbase at the Burlington International Airport in South Burlington on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Site preparations are set to begin at 6 a.m., with the exercise starting at 9. The training is expected to conclude by 1 p.m.

A statement from the airport says air travel and customer activity will not be hindered by the exercise and that all COVID-19 precautions are being taken. 

Contact April Barton at abarton@freepressmedia.com or 802-660-1854. Follow her on Twitter @aprildbarton.

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