Emergency drill with smoke, volunteer ‘victims’ to be held Thursday at Paine Field

EVERETT, Wash. — If you see what appears to be a plane crash with victims, firefighters and medics at Paine Field in Everett, don’t worry, it’s just a drill.

On Thursday, a full-scale emergency drill will be held at the Paine Field Airport Fire Department from 10 a.m. to noon.

The airport’s Boeing 727 training plane will be used to simulate an aircraft accident, complete with smoke and victims wearing makeup to simulate injuries. The Granite Falls High School drama program is providing volunteers.

Many emergency vehicles, such as fire trucks and ambulances, will be in the area.

The drill is not expected to impact travelers at the airport.

Federal Aviation Administration regulations require airports with commercial flights to conduct full-scale emergency drills every three years, with annual tabletop exercises in between.