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Plane crash drill provides practice opportunity for emergency crews


Airport and local emergency responders will get practice dealing with a full-scale simulated plane crash at the Aspen Pitkin County Airport Tuesday (8/31).

The Federal Aviation Administration requires the airport to hold the simulated accident every three years. About fifty local actors and volunteers will play the part of victims and family members. Pitkin County says the fake crash will be as realistic as possible, to help local emergency responders practice handling such an event. It will start late Tuesday afternoon and continue into the evening. Aspen had two real plane crashes last year [2014]. One killed a pilot. No one was injured in the other.