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Yakima services hold airplane crash drill

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Law enforcement and emergency services in Yakima tested their ability to respond to an airplane crash today.

The drill is a yearly FAA requirement for airports. The Yakima Police, Fire Department and other agencies took part, using maps and models to simulate the scene of the crash. The Yakima Airport Manager says the drills are important because they help identify faults or problems.

"We'll find things in the hot wash up after that need to be corrected, but we did that last year too. And those are the type of things that just make us better and better, each year as we practice these disasters," says Yakima Airport Manager Lee Remmel.

Remmel says they plan to do the drill next year on site at the airport, with actors playing mock-victims to better simulate what the scene would look like.