Full-scale KCI Airport Emergency Drill to be Conducted May 16

Citizens Advised to not be Concerned by Smoke & Emergency Vehicle Activity

The Kansas City Aviation Department, in cooperation with numerous community and federal agencies, will conduct the full-scale KCI Emergency Exercise at Kansas City International Airport on Wednesday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This exercise is being held to evaluate Kansas City’s multi-agency response and readiness to a simulated aircraft emergency. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that US commercial airports hold full-scale emergency exercise every three years and hold tabletop drills during the off years to maintain the skill levels of each agency involved in an aircraft rescue effort.


The Aviation Department and KCMO Emergency Management Center will set up a scenario where local businesses, government agencies, hospitals, fire departments, police departments and emergency management officials can rehearse their roles in response to an aircraft crash or incident. The exercises serve to establish and solidify strong working relationships and communications channels among the agencies.

The exercise will have many realistic components including explosions, smoke generators, debris on the airfield and volunteers acting as injured passengers. Members of the public in the KCI area at the time of the exercise should not be alarmed if they see smoke, fire and emergency vehicles driving through the area. The public should be advised that the activities are a part of a continuous, cooperative effort to keep passengers, the public and airport staff safe.

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