PBIA disaster drill

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -  Preparing for the worst, because you never know when it can happen.

That's what dozens of emergency responders did at Palm Beach International Airport Tuesday.

A disaster drill included a mock commercial plane that was split in half to simulate a crash.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue joined the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and FBI in the drill, which according to supervisors went smoothly.

35 students from G-Star School of the Arts played the part of passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires the drill every 3 years.

"We had implemented our airport emergency plan . We had a simulated aircraft crash where part of the fuselage was on the land, part of it was on the water. Our airport rescue units responded and started our exercise," said Palm Beach County Director of Airport Operations Peter Labbe.

The last deadly crash at PBIA was in November.

That's when four people died when a small Piper Seminole airplane crashed shortly after takeoff.
 

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