BOISE -- Several local agencies practiced their community response at the Boise Airport Wednesday morning.

The Boise Airport is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to hold a full-scale emergency exercise every three years.

This year the airport exercise simulated an aircraft crash. Nineteen agencies assisted airport officials using the scenario as a way to test the preparedness of our community to handle a major aviation accident.

To know that its going on just makes you sleep a little better, said Mayor David Bieter. We hope the heck nothing like this ever happens, but the fact that we practiced really prepares us for what might happen.

The training included a smoking aircraft and volunteers made up to simulate injured people and distraught family members.

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