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Dulles Emergency Exercise Involves 100 Volunteers

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The terminal at Washington/Dulles International Airport. Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

The terminal at Washington/Dulles International Airport. Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

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Dulles, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — More than 100 volunteer actors are participating in a simulated aircraft accident at Dulles International Airport outside Washington.

Saturday’s exercise will include a trainer aircraft that will be lit on fire. More than 50 emergency vehicles are expected to participate in addition to the actors who will simulate injuries.

The exercise is taking place on a closed runway and is not expected to affect airport operations. The exercise will test the airport’s emergency plan and provide hands-on training.

One part of Saturday’s emergency scenario involves treating 130 people injured when a plane veers off the runway and breaks its landing gear.

Photos: Emergency Preparedness Drill at Dulles Airport

During the drill, volunteers are taken to makeshift triage centers on the tarmac to get preliminary treatment, before being taken to hospitals.

Patients are then tracked electronically, so the incident commander, the airport operators and the airlines can keep tabs on them.

Heather Curtis contributed to this report.

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