- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago’s second largest airport is planning to simulate a major airplane emergency to test its response procedures.

The Chicago Department of Aviation says the test will take place Saturday at Midway International Airport and involve around 90 volunteers posing as airline passengers. They will be done up in theatrical makeup to give the scenario as realistic a feel as possible.

More than 20 responding units will be involved, including ambulance and fire companies.

Aviation officials say such full-scale emergency exercises are required by the Federal Aviation Administration. They must happen every three years. The last one at Midway was in June 2012.



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