Emergency drill at Tweed Airport

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — There’s a lot of activity going on at Tweed-New Haven airport today in the name of safety.

It’s not an emergency, but a required test by the FAA to make sure first responders are prepared for a crisis.

There were explosions to simulate a disaster, and “victims” in need of medical attention were strewn across the runways and grassy areas.

An explosion is set off as part of an emergency drill at Tweed-New Haven Airport, Apr. 29, 2014.
An explosion is set off as part of an emergency drill at Tweed-New Haven Airport, Apr. 29, 2014.

East Haven and New Haven firefighters and police officers, along with AMR ambulance crews, the FBI and Connecticut state police troopers, took part in the drill.

While this emergency was staged, it wasn’t that long ago that many of these same responders were dealing with a real disaster. On Aug. 9, 2013, a plane crashed into two homes in East Haven and started a fire.

Four people died in that crash, including two children on the ground, and the pilot and his teenage son.

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