GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – If you saw fire and smoke coming from a runway at Gerald R. Ford International Airport Thursday morning, it was all part of a drill.
The drill is required by FAA regulations, but also to train area emergency crews in case of real-life situations.
Crews set up a mock aircraft on the runway and started a fire. Luggage was strewn about, and several students from the West Michigan Aviation Academy took part, acting as victims.
The airport holds the full-scale drill every three years.