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Tampa airport conducts mass casualty exercise Wednesday

The exercise happened at Tampa International Airport's airfield.

TAMPA, Fla. — Flyers traveling through Tampa International Airport Wednesday saw an influx of law enforcement while the airport completed a mass casualty exercise.

From 8 a.m. until noon, the airport conducted its FAA-required triennial mass casualty exercise also called "Operation Pelican Down," Tampa International Airport said in a news release. The training simulates a commercial plane event involving a fuel fire and multiple injuries and fatalities.

State and federal agency partners were involved in the exercise. This included many from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, the airport reports.

"Approximately 200 volunteers will act as responders, passengers and other players in the three-hour exercise," the airport says.

The operation was not expected to impact flight operations, the airport said in a tweet.

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