Connecticut Drill Simulates Plane Crash
“Operation Plane Down,” countywide drill recently held at Windsor Locks, Conn., involved 15 fire departments, the Connecticut National Guard, Bradley Field and other rescue units, who tackled a simulated plane crash. Five automobiles were lined up in a row and touched off to simulate an airliner that had crashed with 45 aboard.
At the first information that an airplane had crashed with resulting fire, firemen from Bradley Field and Windsor Locks responded to the scene. Hartford County Mutual Aid was alerted and nearby departments either responded to the crash or covered up for units that had responded to the scene, where traffic was blocked off for a square mile. Firemen using foam moved in on the fire, while others in aluminum suits rescued tlie crash “victims.” Casualties were removed to a temporary hospital set up in a school auditorium and treated by the staff of volunteer CD nurses and doctors.