About 200 emergency responders took part in a full-scale aircraft accident simulation drill Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport.
The three-hour, unrehearsed exercise included about 300 observers and was designed to test the airport’s readiness for a disaster on the airfield. The scenario was an emergency aircraft landing followed by a fire. About 150 volunteers played the roles of accident victims, many of them in special effects make-up to simulate injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires the Air Exercise, or AirEx, to be conducted at least once every three years, according to Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX.
“The AirEx, which is just one of the numerous ways our teams train for emergencies throughout the year, is our largest full-scale training exercise and will result in better coordination and enhanced readiness for all involved,” said Keith Wilschetz, LAWA’s deputy executive director for operations and emergency management.
Multiple organizations from the public and private sector took part in the drill. Among them were LAWA, the Los Angeles Fire Department, American Red Cross, Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Department and coroner’s office, the FAA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Southwest Airlines, the FBI and Transportation Security Administration.