Riverside Airport Conducts Aircraft Runway Crash Simulation
Riverside, CA – Riverside Airport Conducts Aircraft Runway Crash Simulation Riverside-Airport officials along with Riverside Fire Department and American Medical Response responded to a simulated incident on Runway 34. At approximately 1000 hours two four passenger Cessnas collided at the runway intersection.
“The FAA does not require simulated crash training at private airports,” said airport General Manager Kim Ellis. “It’s important to train on incidents to be prepared.”
The planning for this simulation began about a year ago. It was in place prior to the recent airplane crash that claimed three lives, destroyed one private residence and damaged two others. The initial drill was conducted on a “tabletop” simulation. Today, the incident was enacted on the runway in real time. Ellis plans on conducting simulated crash incidents on an annual basis.
California Baptist Aviation Students volunteered to be victims during the simulation. Riverside Fire Officials along with airport personnel responded and mitigated fuel leaks. They also extricated, treated and transported injured patients.
Two engines, one ladder truck, one squad company and a battalion chief responded to the incident. American Medical Response sent one advanced life support ambulance and a line supervisor to the incident. The drill lasted approximately one hour. It concluded with a post incident review which included all personnel. The review highlighted what worked and what needed to be improved.