WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Nearly two dozen agencies and hundreds of people will converge on Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport for a mock disaster drill Thursday.
The Wichita Airport Authority says the full-scale disaster exercise is required every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The scenario for Thursday morning’s drill involves a large commercial aircraft with 78 passengers and crew colliding with a small, general aviation plane on a runway. Both planes break apart and stop in a field about 2,000 feet off the runway.
About 300 people, including volunteers, will take part in responding to the simulated disaster which authorities point out has never happened on such a scale at Mid-Continent.