LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The alarm came in to first responders today at Southwest Florida International Airport about malfunctioning landing equipment on flight 987. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing and skidding nearly 2,000 feet injuring hundreds on board.
Patients lay all across the tarmac as emergency crews rush in to help and save as many lives as possible.
Fortunatley this was all part of a drill put on by the airport earlier today. The Federal Aviation Administration requires the airport to perform these massive exercises every three years.
More than 450 volunteers and 46 different agencies helped out.
"All the way from first responders from Hendry county, Collier, Charlotte and Lee counties" said Lee County Port Authority spokesman Vicki Moreland.
"It runs them through the triage protocols they are supposed to do, all the way up through the unified command system," said public safety deputy director Scott Tuttle.
Crews used a school bus to simulate an airplane by pulling the inured out fromthe tight spaces. Once they were out, patients were then color coded depending on injury types and then bar coded.
"We are able to bar code them and track them from the accident site all the way to the hospital they are supposed to go to" said Tuttle.
"This gives us the ability to do is wrap our hands around all phases of it and run through it," Tuttle continued.