Emergency responders from throughout the area descended on Shreveport Regional Airport this morning for a full-scale disaster drill.  

Airport spokesman Mark Crawford says the scenario involved an American Eagle passenger plane colliding, on the ground, with a business jet.  Students from area schools played the victims for the drill. Chief Louis Johnson says this drill, unlike some of the others held here over the years, added an extra component -- all area hospitals and ambulances were overwhelmed and a field hospital had to be set up on-scene.

Area emergency responders hold a full-scale just about every year.  But every third year that drill has to be held at the airport to comply with Federal Aviation Administration requirements.  FAA representatives were on hand to observe and evaluate today's drill.

photo by John Lee
photo by John Lee