Agencies to conduct crash landing drill today on Lake Erie

Marblehead residents who spot rescue crews on icy Lake Erie this morning shouldn't be alarmed — it's just a test.
Alissa Widman Neese
Feb 9, 2013

Marblehead residents who spot rescue crews on icy Lake Erie this morning shouldn't be alarmed — it's just a test.

A full-scale disaster drill will simulate the crash landing of a commuter plane carrying 50 passengers into ice-covered Lake Erie just north of Marblehead's Coast Guard station. 

The exercise will take place from 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Numerous airboats, helicopters and shore-based rescue crews will be present.

Dozens of federal, state and local emergency response teams — including the U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio National Guard and the cities of Lakeside, Marblehead and Sandusky — will use the drill to evaluate their response plans and capabilities for a mass-rescue operation.

"Practice is the only way to ensure you have a life-saving skill when you really need it," said Sandy Waggoner-Hovest, president of Resource Solutions Associates, a local firm providing emergency response volunteers to simulate plane crash victims.

Pick up a copy of Sunday's Register for full coverage of this large-scale emergency drill.

 

Comments

luvblues2

I want to see a video of that. Seriously. I don't think the ice is thick enough for such and I won't be driving that way today to witness it in person.

Kimo

Wow
Marblehead and Lakeside are now cities!!!!!!
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Kimo

Re: "I don't think"

Try harder.....
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luvblues2

(I do not believe)... is that better, "Kimo God of the Comment Section"?

Dinghy Gal

What are the odds a commuter plane will crash land in this spot, or that close to shore?

Eph 2 8-10

Well, I do remember a small plane flying from Sandusky airport to Kellys Island crashing on the ice [circa '61/'62] killing all on board.

Bada Bing

We have to use all of the toys... No ice, no icefishrmen, no rescue, no fun! There are plenty of flights to and from the island everyday that could create this scenario

Bluto

What are the odds of any commuter plane crashing in any certain place at any certain time ? That's right , no one can predict that kind of thing . Best to be prepared for any and all events .

Dinghy Gal

Who said anything about any certain time. The USCG does a superb job, are on duty 24/7 so do we really need a few hundred more ice rescue specialists in their way? How many people were involved in this anyway? I bet way more than you can imagine.

Kimo

A couple of years ago two men went into the water and the Guards airboat was down for repairs. These two men are alive today because an airboat from Kelleys was able to rescue them. There is an abundance of non-government equipment in the area. Thumbs up for the person that put this together.
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