Volunteer victims play part in disaster drill at Burke Lakefront Airport

CLEVELAND - Fire, smoke and dozens of injured zombie-like victims were seen along Cleveland"s lakeshore Friday morning.

It's all part of an airport disaster drill taking place downtown at Burke Lakefront Airport.

The exercise is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration to take place every three years as a test of emergency preparedness in the event of an aircraft accident.

The drill is meant to simulate a collision between a passenger aircraft and a helicopter.

Shortly after 9 a.m., a fuselage simulator was set ablaze on the tarmac near the airport's control tower. Airport emergency and firefighting personnel from both Burke and Cleveland Hopkins Airport then commenced the exercise.

Over 120 volunteer victims, many wearing stage makeup to simulate injuries, were involved in the drill. Some victims were even transported to local hospitals for additional emergency protocol exercise.

Numerous suburban EMS providers were involved in the drill as well as the Cuyahoga County Emergency Management agency and the American Red Cross.

Airport administrators expected the exercise to end by early afternoon.

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