Miami International Airport’s airfield was transformed into a simulated crisis zone Wednesday morning for a routine emergency drill.
The full-scale exercise, conducted every three years as required by the Federal Aviation Administration, evaluated the effectiveness of MIA’s emergency plan and its ability to respond to a major incident. The drill, which lasted from 9 to 11:30 a.m., is particularly timely following a shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport last month that killed five people.
The Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the Miami-Dade Police Department, several emergency response agencies and more than 170 volunteers participated in the exercise. The volunteers — from the American Red Cross, Coral Reef Senior High School, Design and Architecture Senior High and John A. Ferguson Senior High — role-played as passengers on an airplane who were involved in an emergency.