Boise Airport staging disaster exercise Thursday

Posted at 5:22 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 07:22:46-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise Airport is hosting a full-scale disaster training exercise Thursday.

The airport, Boise Fire and Police departments, Ada County Dispatch, emergency management and paramedics will all be part of the training. St. Luke's and St. Alphonsus hospitals and the Idaho Air National Guard will also be taking part.

Volunteers will arrive at 7 a.m. Thursday morning and the exercise will start at 9 on the third runway, south of Gowen Road.

The Boise Airport stimulates a full-scale disaster every three years as required by the Federal Aviation Administration. At least 60 volunteers will be available to make the scenario as realistic as possible.

This year, the scenario is Pegasus Airlines flight 49, a chartered flight inbound to BOI, experiences an in-flight emergency when the landing gear fails to extend. Upon landing, the aircraft loses control and is disabled on the runway.