ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Lambert St. Louis International Airport is holding an annual fire and rescue training exercise this week. The training involves a simulated aircraft fire. The fire and rescue training is part of an annual, Federal Aviation Administration requirement.
Some passengers questioned whether the 12th anniversary of 9/11 is the wrong day to hold the training. One passenger arriving Tuesday night predicted some might panic if they see flames on 9/11.
An airport spokesman said the device used for the mandatory training is the Mobile Aircraft Trainer. It's a 50-foot fuselage that can simulate a fully engulfed aircraft. The spokesman said when the simulations take place, the flames will last less than one minute.
The spokesman said the training device travels around the country and this was the only time it was available for St. Louis. The simulated fire is part of the training requirements.
Some airplane passengers arriving and departing Lambert Airport will be able to see the flames.
Some passengers had no problem with the training exercise coinciding with 9/11. One passenger said it's the perfect day to be prepared.
The training will take place on three days, September 11-13. Lambert officials say the training will take place in a secured area near the Lambert Airfield.