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By Craig Reck

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – Passengers in and out ofTucson International Airport may have noticed an increase in emergency responsevehicles around the airfield because of a training exercise Wednesday.

The drill is required by the FAA every three years forairports like TIA, according to airport officials.

The scenario involved a plane that crash landed with morethan 100 passengers on board. Some of the volunteer survivors could walk awayfrom the scene, but others had to be rushed to nearby hospitals by ambulance orhelicopter.

Lt. Thomas Tucker with Tucson Airport Authority FireDepartment said emergency crews do not always have the opportunity to workthrough such a large scenario, so Wednesday's exercise is a welcomed opportunity.

"It's a great chance for us to simulate something that wehope never happens," he said. "In the event the something does happen, we willbe ready to go."

Wednesday's exercise included several local, state andfederal agencies.

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