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Waterloo Regional Airport holds mock plane crash

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Waterloo Regional Airport held a full scale exercise Wednesday morning. The purpose of the crash simulation is to better prepare first responders and other agencies.

Running these types of drills is nothing new at the Waterloo Regional Airport. They do table top drills every year, but every third year they recreate the scene by using emergency crews and actors playing wounded passengers.

This mock disaster is supposed to represent an airplane that went down just short of the runway in Cedar Falls due to an act of terrorism. A school bus was used and it was supposed to represent the fuselage of the plane.

Children from the local Boys and Girls Club played the victims in the crash.

This exercise helps local agencies better coordinate a response in a crash such as this.

Airport officials say this type of event creates a learning environment that will help familiarize local agencies with protocols for responding to an aviation emergency incident.

"These disaster drill we start six to nine months in advance and work with all the agencies so they're meeting with us originally monthly then weekly. It's a lot of work for all the organizations and we're very appreciative of them to committing to the airport for this," said Director of the Waterloo Regional Airport Brad Hagen.

Along with testing the initial response, this exercise also let them test disaster communication capabilities as well response to incoming wounded at local emergency rooms.

In all, 18 different local, state, and federal agencies took part in this exercise.

During the exercise there was no disruption of flights or airport operations. Parts of Dunkerton Road and Leversee Road were closed for a short period of time but are now back open.

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