Emergency drill held at Ford Airport

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.


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