Airport fire crews train for plane crash at BNA

Posted at 10:47 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 23:47:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A plane was on fire at Nashville International Airport Wednesday afternoon, but don't worry, it was only a drill. This week, airport fire crews are taking part in training that simulates a plane crash on the runway.

"This allows us to take all our textbook learning and training and putting it into practice on a yearly basis," said said Lt. Jeremy Riel with the airport fire department.

They're using a specially-outfitted plane fuselage designed to help train airport firefighters across the country.

It's training the group hopes they never need to use in real life, but the airport says if this run-through ever turns real, they'll be ready.

"As a firefighter supervisor, it gives you the confidence in them, but it also instills the confidence in the firefighters themselves that they're ready to go when the real thing happens," said Lt. Riel.

The firefighters get experience putting out fires both from inside the truck and making entrances into the planes cabin.