(KMOV) -- A runway at Lambert Airport was reopened Saturday night after emergency crews staged a mock emergency fire drill.
“It’s important to do this because we want to practice and find any mistakes that we may have that we can correct before we actually have a disaster,” said Capt. Mike Dean of the St. Louis Fire Department
The exercise involved a mock plane, loaded with passengers and crew members, catching fire.
During the drill, airport rescue firefighters put out a live fire, simulating a fully engulfed jet.
Airport police, emergency personnel, and many other departments participated in Saturday’s drill.
All airports are required to perform this type of exercise every three years.