By Beth Lawton and Jason Spencer
If you see ambulances, fire trucks, helicopters and boats rushing to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Saturday morning, don’t be concerned — the simulated plane crash they are responding to is part of a scheduled training exercise.
While the exercise is not open to the public, it is likely people in Alexandria and Arlington may see and hear part of the response between 8:30 a.m. and noon Saturday.
Approximately 150 volunteers will be playing the role of injured passengers and a training aircraft will be on fire as part of the exercise.
The airport will continue normal flight operations on Saturday, so passengers flying into or out of National could see the burning plane and response during takeoff or landing, an airport spokeswoman told Patch.
The exercise is meant to provide hands-on training to emergency responders, airport staff, local hospitals and local officials, according to the airport.
More than 20 agencies will participate, from Arlington to Prince William counties and including the National Park Service.