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Burbank Airport emergency drill puts rescuers, makeup artists to the test
Burbank Airport emergency drill puts rescuers, makeup artists to the test

Staging a major airport disaster drill takes months of planning. You need volunteers. You need emergency teams primed to converge on the scene. So if the timing of a simulated crash at Burbank Bob Hope Airport seemed unfortunate Tuesday given the news of a real plane going down in the French Alps, there was nothing organizers could do about it — except to point out that such tragedies underline why drills are crucial. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that airports conduct full-scale readiness exercises every three years. The purpose is to assess how prepared the airports are, and to fix glitches in procedures before real emergencies occur. The drill scenario Tuesday...

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