Wichita Airport holds full-scale disaster exercise

September 17, 2020 - 9:58 am

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The Wichita Airport Authority conducted an FAA-mandated Full-Scale Disaster Exercise Thursday. The exercise was held north of K-42, in between runways 1L and 14 at 9 a.m.

The exercise simulated an issue with landing gear, with the aircraft crashing at the end of the runway.

Responders from 18 various agencies, departments, and organizations were involved. The airport used training manikins to replace volunteers as simulated victims due to COVID-19.

The Wichita Airport Authority said disasters of this scale are extremely rare and have never occurred at ICT.

However, federal regulations and good emergency management practices require that all commercial airports in the U.S. practice responding to these events in a simulated environment. The exercise is held every three years.

During the exercise, Airport staff postED simulated information on Twitter @FlyICT, using the hashtag #ICTdrill.


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