Mock plane crash at local airport tests emergency response

By WEEK Producer

September 14, 2013 Updated Sep 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Emergency crews from all over McLean County responded to the Central Illinois Regional Airport Saturday morning, but don't worry it was only a drill.

The airport was hosting a full scale emergency drill.

The scenario, a plane had just crashed landed on the tarmac.

An old school bus played the part of the crashed plane, and some 50 ISU students volunteered to be mock victims.

The purpose of the drill is to test how well the different emergency crews, hospitals, and Red Cross could work together.

"Every situation is unique so it's impossible to practice for every thing, but any type of practice again exposes anything we might need to work on or improve. So I think its a positive for everyone," said CIRA Deputy Director of Marketing, Fran Strebing.

The airport is required to hold a drill like this every three years.

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