PITTSBURGH, PA (July 11, 2014) – United States Air Force C-130 cargo planes will be taking off and landing at Pittsburgh International Airport this Saturday, July 12, at a higher frequency as the 911th Airlift Wing participates in a Veterans Affairs regional emergency drill.
The drill will occur between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, at the 911th Airlift Wing, which will be the local base for the disaster drill that will simulate a terrorist attack during the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
Six C-130s will depart from the 911th base at Pittsburgh International Airport and fly volunteers to Williamsport and will circle back to Pittsburgh, where multiple ambulance companies will prepare to transport the volunteer “victims.” No ambulances will actually transport victims to hospitals, so there will be no traffic impact on roadways. No air traffic will be affected.
Allegheny County Airport Authority employees at Pittsburgh International Airport will support the 911th Airlift Wing in several different ways during the drill. The ACAA’s Operations department will alert airport-related emergency responders at the beginning of the drill as it would during an actual emergency situation.
The Airport Authority’s START team, which is comprised of volunteer ACAA employees, will assist in the triage and transport to ambulances of “victims” upon their arrival at Pittsburgh International Airport. The ACAA Fire Department will support the 911th Airlift Wing as well.
"The realistic simulation of a regional disaster is an excellent and practical way to assess the Airport's response to an actual incident. This exercise demonstrates that the airport is prepared to respond effectively to a major disaster," said James R. Gill, Acting Executive Director.