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Outrage over fire training drill at Logan airport on anniversary of 9/11

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By: Alexandra Cowley

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A poorly timed fire drill at Logan airport has people in an uproar. Huge plumes of smoke were coming out of a burning plane on the 12th anniversary of  September 11th.

Of all days to do a fire training drill at Logan airport, officials chose today. The poorly timed exercise has passengers questioning the common sense of airport officials.

Massport officials announced they were holding a fire drill on their Facebook page, igniting a sea of negative comments on social media. But the drill went on, shocking airline passengers, even the governor.

Passengers flying into Boston saw a fiery scene. What looks like the shell of a plane on fire, sending black smoke billowing into the air.

 Jeremy Berdman was on a flight from New York City.

"As we were landing and kind of pointing to the gate I saw that there was a big huge plume of smoke,"explained Berdman.

His plane had just landed when he saw the black smoke.

"Initially I thought a plane probably crashed," Berdman said.

What appeared to be the wreckage of a plane crash, was actually a fire training drill, put on by the Massachusetts Port Authority. The drill was announced on the airport's Facebook page, igniting harsh reaction.

one person wrote, "on 9–11 really?"

Another said, "People died 12 years ago on flights out of your airport. How dare you."

Governor Deval patrick had no idea the drill was being conducted.

"The timing could not be worse. I mean I didn't know it was going to happen, and i'm just it's just dumb," said Governor Patrick.

Massport later apologized saying; "safety and security is our top priority, but the exercise should not have taken place on the anniversary of 9/11. We understand that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of Sept. 11."

The two hijacked planes that flew into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, took off from Logan 12–years–ago Today.

"Yeah a little awkward for today, but I guess everybody has to get trained somehow," said Berdman.

The airport does recognize 9/11 with its own moments of silence, a service in the chapel, and a wreath laying ceremony.

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