Emergency services put to test
A PLANE crashed at the Gladstone Airport yesterday killing two and injuring 16 more - that was the mock scenario the emergency services faced yesterday.
The training exercise simulated what would happen if a pelican hit the plane as it approached the runway, shattering the windscreen, dazing the pilot causing him to lose control, clip the trees and crash at the western end of the run way.
Aerodrome Road families had the best seats in the house as the disaster unfolded.
The Dash 8 had three crew and 15 passengers on board, all Toolooa State High School students.
Passers-by were left wondering what had happened to warrant hordes of brightly coloured emergency services personnel dashing over the runway.
Fire trucks, ambulances and police all responded to the scenario designed by the aerodrome board to test emergency procedures.
The exercise tested communications, controlling the various vehicles, establishing command posts and medical assessment areas.