Emergency training exercise involving simulated plane crash to take place at Capital Region International Airport

LANSING – Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport will conduct a training and mock disaster exercise on Monday and Tuesday, June 12 and 13, 2017. Airport public safety personnel will work with numerous area medical response teams, fire departments and law enforcement agencies in order to test communications and emergency response.
The training and exercise, which is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is scheduled to begin Monday and end Tuesday at noon. Mutual aid emergency personnel from the tri-county area are expected to respond during the exercise on Tuesday as if the events were a real disaster.
“Safety and security of our passengers is our top priority, and this exercise tests our responsiveness in the event of an incident or accident,” said Wayne Sieloff, president and CEO of the Capital Region Airport Authority. “We thank all the participating agencies and appreciate their cooperation.”
Airport officials are making every effort to inform the public of the exercise in advance to prevent any undue concern that the drill might in fact be a real airport or aircraft emergency. The exercise will not interfere with any scheduled arriving or departing aircraft, and passengers will have access to the main terminal building throughout the event.
****MEDIA NOTE: An aircraft simulator used in the exercise will create flames and smoke in the area. Members of credentialed media may request to observe and cover the simulator training portion of the disaster exercise and interview Wade Boyat of ARFF Specialists for a news story, but media MUST make arrangements in advance by calling Nicole Noll-Williams, 517-256-6823. Press should be prepared to arrive at the airport information booth in the main terminal at 2:30 p.m. Media will have limited escorted access to the disaster simulation area. The simulator training portion of the exercise will occur on a closed airport runway.