Fort Wayne International Airport holds disaster drill

Fort Wayne International Airport holds disaster drill to know what to do in the event of a plane crash.

Posted: May 19, 2018 9:49 PM
Updated: May 21, 2018 10:12 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Sometimes planes crash mid air, sometimes they crash while landing, in any case, emergency personnel needs to be prepared when it happens.

Fort Wayne International Airport is doing just that by conducting a full scale emergency drill, but they aren't doing it by themselves.

The Airport Authority's Public Safety Department developed a practice scenario in which two aircrafts collide on the airfield.

"We do these exercises to make sure the plans mesh. We want to make sure we work with trained with well skilled individuals," public safety manager Stan Clepper said.

They do these exercises every three to four years.

They have Parkview Regional Medical Center working on the scene along with Fort Wayne Fire Department and police.

They also have volunteers to act as the injured.

Clepper said they had close to sixty volunteers.

Having everyone come together on this helps them get better every time there is a drill with better communication, and better response times.

"It helps us test and review our emergency plan. without all those people coming out here and participating in such a drill, it would be difficult to see where there are areas of improvement,"Scott Hinderman said.

Crews were out from 9am until noon. 

It took 29 total agencies assisting to put this together.

Clepper said nothing came up concerning during the drill, and it went well thanks to a collaborative effort. 

He's grateful for those willing to go the extra mile to make it as realistic as possible.

They couldn't use a real aircraft, but Fort Wayne Community School district provided a bus to assimlate a plane.

Because of the rows and small isle, it's the closest to a plane.

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