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Emergency Drill at Pitt-Greenville Airport

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

The Pitt-Greenville Airport conducted an emergency drill Monday night.

After the last U.S. Airways flight took off crews ignited a mock crash scene at the end of a closed runway. It's how the airport prepares in the event of a real crash. Volunteers played victims waiting for someone to rescue them.

The airport crash truck hit the wreckage first to hose it down. Greenville and Staton House firefighters waited the length of time it would take to get to the airport then rolled toward the mock crash.

They put out the fire, tended to the victims and then assigned a grade to their performance.

Airport Director Jerry Vickers says these drills serve a very important purpose.

Vickers says they hold these drills every 3 years. In between, responders have meetings to review their plans.

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