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St.-Pete Clearwater airport plans emergency preparedness drill

August 14, 2020 -

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport will conduct an emergency preparedness drill next week, simulating the response to a commercial passenger aircraft experiencing an engine failure and crashing into the runway. Several agencies will be involved in the Federal Aviation Authority-mandated exercise include airport rescue and firefighting, airport operations, the FBI, Allegiant Airlines, 911, FAA air traffic control, emergency services (municipal fire/EMS), law enforcement, Transportation Security Administration, medical director’s office, Office of Emergency Management, and the Red Cross. The drill will take place between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, Due to Covid-19, the drill will limit participants on-site, the airport said. 

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