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LAX Stages Crash-landing Drill

The drill prepares airport employees and first responders in times of emergency.

The Los Angeles International Airport tested its emergency response plan Wednesday by conducting a two-hour drill to assess the airport's emergency communication and efficiency.

This exercise, nicknamed "Air Exercise 2013," conducted every 3 years, tests the communication among the airport departments as well as the efficiency and quickness to evacuate and care for flight-goers.

Starting at 11 a.m., the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower alert began the stimulation, reporting that a Boeing 777-300 aircraft had "crashed," leaving a field of debris and a number of injured people and fatalities.

Staff was expected to evacuate people safely and efficiently. Volunteers also played roles of decapitated, dead, or unharmed persons.

Over 200 people participated in this simulation, representing over 20 organizations. Among the organizations participating were LAX Operations, Los Angeles Airport Police, the Los Angeles Fire Department, the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Transportation Security Administration, and the American Red Cross.

Two-dozen fire engines and one helicopter was also used by the LA Fire Department during the simulation.

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