Emergency response drill held at Newark Airport

Participants pretended to be victims of the crash, wearing cards on their bodies that identified who they were and what their condition was.

Participants pretended to be victims of the crash, wearing cards on their bodies that identified who they were and what their condition was. (10/19/14)

NEWARK - The Port Authority conducted an emergency response drill at Newark Liberty International Airport Saturday.

The drill prepared responders for the proper procedures to take in the event that a bird strike causes a crash-landing during takeoff. In the simulated bird strike scenario that crews acted out, the strike took out both of a plane's engines, causing it to crash into another jet on the ground.

Participants pretended to be victims of the crash, wearing cards on their bodies that identified who they were and what their condition was.

Port Authority officials say they want emergency crews to be prepared and adequately trained in case such a scenario were to actually occur. They also say they plan to conduct these drills on a regular basis, covering different types of scenarios.

State and federal agencies also took part in the exercise.

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