Two planes collide in full-scale airport drill scenario held at BNA

Photo from drill courtesy of Nashville International Airport.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A full-scale airport emergency preparedness drill took place in Nashville.

More than a 100 volunteers took part in a 3-hour drill that began at 9 a.m. Saturday at Nashville International Airport, where they played a part in a simulated 2-plane collision and response. The scenarios included real fire, smoke, explosions, and even a water rescue.

Also, the brand new Emergency Operations Center was utilized for the first time for today's mock aircraft accident.

Airports are mandated by Federal Aviation Administration regulations to conduct full-scale emergency exercises every three years.

Agencies from federal, state, local and community levels also took part in the drill, along with airlines and Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority team members.

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