Crash drill underway at Sonoma County airport

Emergency responders are conducting a mass casualty drill involving a simulated plane crash at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport Wednesday morning.

The Rincon Valley Fire Protection District, the airport’s staff and local first responders are participating in the unrehearsed drill between 10 a.m. and noon.

The training is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration every three years. The drill includes extrication and rescue, aircraft fire and hazard mitigation, a focus on passenger rescue, emergency medical intervention and fire suppression.

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and Petaluma Valley Hospital will be accepting 40-50 simulated patients.

Sixteen emergency response agencies are participating in the drill.

Rincon Valley Fire Protection District officials said the recent expansion of the airport and terminals has resulted in an increase of calls at the airport.