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“Crash Site” Exercise Simulates Plane Crash

Todd Pittenger - September 19, 2013 3:22 pm

There were multiple injuries and fatalities when a planE crashed at the Salina Regional Airport Thursday morning. It wasn’t a real crash, but rather a simulation as a part of a training exercise that involved local, state, and federal emergency response partners.

The scenario involved a flight with 27 people on-board headed from Salina to Kansas City. After takeoff the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit. He turned around, and crashed as he attempted an emergency landing back at the Salina airport.

Emergency response personnel and equipment were deployed, and treated the situation as if it were the real thing. Airport fire fighters sprayed foam on a real airplane fuselage on the runway, as Salina Fire fighters and EMS treated and transported victims to Salina Regional Health Center. As rescuers arrived they found victims sprawled out on the runway.

Saline County Emergency Management Director Hannah Furbeck tells KSAL News that the exercise, called “Crash Site”, tested response efforts, mutual aid requests, and interoperability. Furbeck says that “Crash Site” had been planned for about the last year. She adds that they stage a large inter-agency operation like this once every three years.