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Mock plane crash draws heavy first-responder presence at McCarran Airport

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Red and white smoke, a heavy first responder presence and 100 victim volunteers covered in fake wounds took part in an mock plane crash drill at McCarran International Airport on Thursday.

The Clark County Department of Aviation has been working all year to prepare for this exercise. The drill is required every three years by the FAA and is part of McCarran’s continuing certification.

The exercise was very realistic, with real response times and participation from all emergency response departments, including air support.

"Better to be prepared to be ready to coordinate all different agencies. An airport, in aviation, is a huge operation involving so many different components. Every chance we get to work together and hone our skills is a benefit to everyone,” said McCarran Public Information Officer, Christine Crews. .

The airport did not conduct a mock scenario drill in September of 2015 because of a real runway emergency.

A British Airways Boeing 777 jet was preparing for takeoff when the plane's left engine caught fire. All 157 passengers and 13 crew members were able to evacuate safely.

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