A North Carolina airport is holding a disaster exercise to test its readiness in the event of an actual emergency.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is scheduled to hold the exercise on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. A statement from airport officials says the exercise will involve a simulated airplane incident designed to test emergency protocols and procedures the airport has in place in the event of an actual accident.
Approximately 100 volunteers will be onsite to play the role of passengers involved in the accident and will be assigned injuries ranging from very minor to fatal. More than 200 emergency responders will also participate.
The airport is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct a full scale exercise every three years.