Press Release Article


Date: Oct 19, 2012
Press Release Number: 143-2012

No impact on operations, but airline passengers and motorists on airport’s south side may notice fake smoke and emergency vehicles

The Port Authority is advising aviation passengers and motorists of an airside full-scale exercise (FSE) it will conduct at Newark Liberty International Airport between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday. The FSE will not delay flight operations, but the public may notice fake smoke conditions and emergency vehicles as part of the drill.

Saturday’s FSE will simulate an aircraft accident between a passenger and cargo plane, resulting in simulated injuries, along with smoky conditions that will be visible at the airport and to motorists on the New Jersey Turnpike and Routes 1 & 9.

The drill will include members of the Port Authority Police Department, EWR airport staff, Port Authority Office of Emergency Management, the Newark and Elizabeth Fire and Police Departments, New Jersey State Police, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FBI, U.S. Transportation Security Administration, United and FedEx airline personnel, as well as Essex and Union County’s Office of Emergency Management personnel. Additionally, the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the Red Cross and various emergency medical service units will be among other agencies participating.

CONTACT: Ron Marsico or Anthony Hayes, 212-435-7777

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