Tucson International Airport to hold emergency drill - Tucson News Now

Tucson International Airport to hold emergency drill

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson Airport Authority will be conducting a full-scale emergency exercise Wednesday, March 8 in an effort to help update their emergency plans.

The drill is expected to start at 11 p.m. and will end at about 3 a.m. Thursday. 

According to TAA spokesperson Jessie Butler, no incoming flights will be affected but certain roads near the airport will have limited access, including access road intersections leading to the entrance of the airport. Those are expected to be reduced to one lane.

The cell phone waiting lot will also be temporarily moved to the Four Points by Sheraton hotel at the Tucson Airport, located at 7250 South Tucson Boulevard.

Butler said airport officers will be inside the airport alerting incoming passengers about the emergency drill.

She also said pilots have also been alerted and will be passing along information to their passengers.

"The airport is required to conduct a full-scale emergency exercise at least once every three years with an annual tabletop exercise during the interim years," said TAA in a recent press release.

The Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 139 requires that all certificated airports create, maintain and update an emergency plan.

"The triennial drill helps TAA Police and Fire as well as city, county and national agencies to participate in an exercise that provides hands-on training," read the release.

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