Airline crash simulation conducted at Kahului Airport

KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - An exercise designed to test emergency response strategies following an airplane crash was held on Wednesday at Kahului Airport.

The state Department of Transportation's Airports Division conducted the exercise, a Federal Aviation Administration certification requirement that tests airfield disaster preparedness and response

Approximately 80 volunteers from Kamehameha Schools will played the role of casualties on a Boeing 777 after the crash. The exercise also included a small live-fire drill.

"Maintaining the highest levels of preparedness requires regular exercises to ensure that all responding agencies work efficiently as a team," said Glenn Okimoto, DOT Director. "Crash simulations like our triennial exercise will help to keep all of our partners ready in the event of an actual emergency."

All flight operations at the airport continued as normal during the exercise.

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