SFO to hold crash test today

An annual air crash exercise will be held today from 9 a.m. to noon on the north side of San Francisco International Airport's airfield, according to airport spokesman Michael McCarron.

Airport officials evaluate SFO's emergency response plan annually, McCarron said. This year's exercise is sponsored by United Airlines, and will simulate an on-airport crash with more than 100 people on board. Officials plan to use a Boeing 727 training aircraft, according to SFO officials.

“SFO takes great pride in having emergency response capabilities that are second to none,” Airport Director John Martin said.

Passengers on the plane will be portrayed by High School students from Terra Nova High School in Pacifica and Aragon High School in San Mateo. Students will be assigned injuries and arrive at the airport early for wound makeup application.

More than 20 emergency response agencies will coordinate with the San Francisco Fire Department Airport Division, the SFO Airfield Operations Department, and the San Francisco Police Department's Airport Bureau to respond to the simulated crash, according to airport officials.

SFO's air crash test will take place today at 9 a.m. on the north side of the airfield. Entrance to the airfield will be through Security Gate 117 at the end of North Access Road.

— Bay City News

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