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

By: Alexandra Cowley

acowley@abc6.com

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.

(C) WLNE-TV 2013