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Dulles to Conduct Test

Cindy Loose

Don't be alarmed if you approach Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday, May 5, and see smoke rising from the airport, and numerous emergency vehicles in the area. It's only a test.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will be conducting an emergency exercise from 9 a.m. to approximately noon. A simulated aircraft accident will test the airport's emergency operations plan and provide hands-on training to airport and mutual aid emergency response personnel. The exercise will not affect normal airport operations.

You might want to avoid that stretch of Route 50 during those hours.

By Cindy Loose |  May 1, 2007; 4:08 PM ET  | Category:  Airports , Cindy Loose
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For those of you planning to fly into College Station, Texas, know that Easterwood Airport (AKA "Aggie International") adjoins (or does it abut? but I digress...) the state's fire training academy. In fact, the fire school's practice field is only a few hundred yards beyond the end of the runway. So if you're fortunate enough to be the first passenger to notice thick black smoke billowing into the sky from what appears to be the end of the runway, be sure to point it out to your fellow passengers: "Omigod! Is that a fire at the end of the runway?" (Assuredly this will be the most fun you have during your stay, unless you run into that ditzy redhead on Northgate who'll go home with anyone after four beers.)

Posted by: Audentes | May 4, 2007 4:27 PM

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