Wichita airport holds disaster exercise

The Wichita Airport Authority is holding a large-scale disaster drill this morning, (KSN Photo)


Students from Derby and Bishop Caroll played roles of the plane crash victims in Tuesday's crash demonstration. (KSN Photo by Kianga Kelley)
Students from Derby and Bishop Caroll played roles of the plane crash victims in Tuesday’s crash demonstration. (KSN Photo by Kianga Kelley)

WICHITA, Kansas – The Wichita Airport Authority held a large-scale disaster exercise Tuesday morning.

The exercise, mandated every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration, occurred north of Highway K-42, between runways 1L and14.

The exercise featured a 737 aircraft that crashed

A disaster has never occurred at the Wichita airport. However, federal regulations and best emergency management practices require commercial airports practice responding to simulated disasters.

The exercise included approximately 300 officials and volunteers from various emergency management agencies.

“We learn a lot of things from this.  We learn the pros the cons the good and the bad,” said Chief Roger Xanders, Airport Police and Fire.

“This is why we practice so if this does happen the emergency responders are ready to go,” said John Pritchett, Derby High School ROTC.

During the disaster exercise, the Airport Authority used Twitter – @FlyICT#ICTdrill – to provide information to the public.

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