Last night, passengers on a United Airlines Flight experienced a bumpy ride.
The engine cover fell off mid-flight, leaving the jet engine exposed.
To keep everyone safe, the plane did an emergency landing in Honolulu.
In June 2016, a Jet Blue Airplane needed to do an emergency landing and Minot was the closest and safest spot to land.
In case something like this ever happened again, there is plan in place to keep everyone safe.
“Tower, this Rick Feltner, I would like to run an ARF drill please,” said Rick Feltner, Minot International Airport Director.
An ARF drill stands for aircraft, rescue, and firefighting.
Once a month, the airport does this drill in case any plane would need to do an emergency landing and need assistance.
“We need to be ready to react quickly and efficiently if something should happen,” said Feltner.
Rescue teams are alerted all through the push of a button. Once the tower does this…
“This is an exercise, a simulated crash,” said Airport Tower Staff.
Within 10 seconds, the airport fire stations doors begin to open.
“As soon we push the button we start a clock,” said Feltner.
The firefighters only have 3 minutes to get to the location, whether that’s far or near, and spray a specialized chemical made for the type of fires an aircraft would have.
“They did a great job. They were out here in a 1:18,” said Feltner.
If there’s a jet flying mid-air and needs immediate assistant, the Minot International Airport is ready for any incoming aircraft.
At the airport fire station — there is a specific kind of fire truck.
These trucks are designed to be utilized by one person.
That way the driver is able to pull up to the fire and then grab a stick that will spray water or chemicals to the area and the firefighter never has to leave the truck.