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Port Authority Holds Emergency Response Drill At LaGuardia Airport

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The Port Authority held an emergency response drill Saturday at LaGuardia Airport.

The full-scale exercise simulated an airplane crash, complete with smoke coming from an aircraft and actors pretending to be injured passengers.

The drill was conducted to help train first responders to handle real-life emergency situations.

"We vary the scenario to every exercise, and we look at what occurred last exercise, how things went, what things went well, what things didn't go well, and what we can improve on or we haven't worked on in a while," said James Munday of the Port Authority Office of Emergency Management.

"The more we prepare, the more work that goes into preparation is reflected directly in real-world responses to emergencies," said Pat Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority.

"It takes a lot of effort and quick response in order to save everyone, 'cause everyone is screaming for help," said Jimmi Feng, an actor in the drill.

The drill did not impact any flight operations at the airport.

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