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Jet Emergency Puts Crews to Test

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Local emergency response crews invest many hours preparing for incidents like today's emergency landing.

Jennifer Kleen has that story.

(John Krill, Minot Fire Department Battalion Chief) "Hope for the best, prepare for the worst."

That's the plan of action for local emergency response crews, a plan Battalion Chief John Krill set in motion for the emergency landing of of the JetBlue Airbus in Minot.

(John Krill, Minot Fire Department Battalion Chief) "My role is to get the right resources in place. So what we did was we took everybody up there, since we didn't know when it was going to land."

The initial call came in at 9:25 a.m.

(John Krill, Minot Fire Department Battalion Chief) "Right away, I knew it was real."

Since Minot was the closest airport, Krill estimated the plane was within 20-30 minutes away.

The two neon crash trucks and four firefighters are always stationed at the airport, they were in place within three minutes.

Krill followed with 13 firefighters all on scene by 9:32, ready to refill the 1500 gallon water and foam crash trucks.

(John Krill, Minot Fire Department Battalion Chief) "It's one of those things that when you hear it, you think this could be pretty serious. I was going through all the different things, what if it's ten miles from the airport? Once it came in and it was coming in steady and slow, it looked like it was going to be a normal landing, there wasn't additional cause for concern."

The plane landed at 9:43 a.m. with no incident.

Krill says emergency landings of commercial aircraft happen in Minot up to three times a year.

(John Krill, Minot Fire Department Battalion Chief) "One day a month is spent on the airport so that we can provide a professional prompt response in the event something like this happens."

That preparedness included an event that had been scheduled for 10 a.m. the morning of the emergency call.

Emergency crews are preparing for the worst year round, ready for what turned out to be a best case scenario for JetBlue.

In Minot, Jennifer Kleen, KX News.

Everyone aboard the aircraft is safe.

They remain unsure of what caused the technical difficulties.

 

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