East Haven, Conn (WTNH) - An explosion with bodies scattered over the runway. It was a frightening scene at New Haven's Tweed Airport, but thankfully, it was only a drill.
A plane has just crashed at Tweed New Haven Airport. The bodies of the injured are lying all over the runway. Yes, it was just a drill, but it was a big one, and it started with a bang.
The plane collided with a construction vehicle mistakenly left on the runway. That's the scenario for the airport's Triennial Disaster Drill. Federal regulations say Tweed has to do this every three years.
Within minutes, the airport emergency crews roll up to put out the fire. Then come the trucks from East Haven and New Haven. In the middle of it all, are dozens of East Haven High School students.
"I'm kind of excited, but then at the same time I'm kind of nervous because of the fact that there's going to be an explosion going off. It's kind of scaring me, as if this were really real and stuff," said East Haven High School Senior Colby Mrowka.
It looks real because of all the makeup, blood, and other fluids, were made to match the symptoms assigned to each victim.
"I'm throwing up. That's throw-up, and I've got a problem with my leg there, and I'm like confused and stuff," Mrowka said.
Within 20 minutes, more than a dozen emergency vehicles were on the scene, and the injured are going through triage.
Victims like Colby are prioritized by symptoms, and bundled off into ambulances. Even if the government didn't mandate drills like this, East Haven's Mayor says they're still a necessary part of planning.
"Drills like this are important to working out the bugs of this system, and making sure that you practice, that you rehearse," said East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon.
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