Plane Crash Exercise to be Conducted Near DCA on Saturday

by ARLnow.com September 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm 3,476 8 Comments

Don’t be alarmed if all hell breaks loose on the Potomac Saturday morning.

The Airports Authority will be conducting a simulated plane crash exercise, featuring numerous boats and helicopters, river rescues of live “victims,” and some pyrotechnics to boot.

The exercise will take place from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., primarily on the southern end of the airport.

“There will be numerous emergency vehicles operating in the area of the George Washington Parkway near Reagan National Airport, smoke and fire may be visible from the south area of the Airport, and river rescue boats and helicopters will be operating on the Potomac River near the south end of the Airport—all part of the exercise,” the Airports Authority advises in a press release.

  • el fat kid

    can’t wait for CNN to report this as a terrorist attack…

    • Lou

      No matter how much this is publicized it will cause some sort of ruckus.

    • Courthouse Resident

      … or for a tourist to think Sully has done it again!

      via DCIST Overheard:
      Older tourist man: “Right out there on the river, that’s where Sully landed the plane.”
      Older tourist woman: (silence)
      Man: “Took off from Reagan, hit those birds…”
      Woman: (more silence)
      Man: “Landed right over there by the Lincoln Memorial.”
      Woman, eventually: “That was the Hudson.”
      Man: “Maybe.”

      • cmg

        That is embarrassingly stupid!

  • BallstonNOTBoston

    cmg: explain how/why this is stupid?

    • Tess

      I’m thinking that cmg meant that the exchange between the older tourist man and the older tourist woman was embarrissingly stupid – not the drill itself.

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  • Jersey Mikes

    RAD… I wonder if it is not too late to rent a sailboat from Washington Sailing Marina and get front row seats to the action


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