SA Int'l Airport stages mass casualty emergency exercise

Triennial Airport Emergency Mass Casualty Exercise begins at 10 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO – An emergency exercise involving a mock plane crash was conducted Wednesday morning at San Antonio International Airport.

The Triennial Airport Emergency Mass Casualty Exercise, which began at 10 a.m., will involve "injured" passengers being rescued, smoke, helicopters and sirens, officials said.

The exercise is required every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration for all United States airports that have commercial air carrier service. 

The purpose of the exercise is to enhance the procedures for first responders and the community in a large-scale incident.

The exercise is just a drill and no actual emergency has occurred at the airport.

The mock drill included nearly two dozen organizations and 250 people.

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