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Casualty drill scheduled Thursday at Tampa International Airport

TAMPA — If you see any commotion Thursday at Tampa International Airport, it's likely coming from a mass casualty drill staged there every two or three years.

The drill simulates a major aircraft accident involving victims on the airfield, family members at the airport and local emergency response agencies, the airport said in a news release.

Nearly 200 volunteers, some from local colleges, will take part as accident victims and relatives. Alaska Airlines will be the host airline, though a fictitious airline name will be used.

Representatives from 17 agencies also will be involved, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, Hillsborough County Emergency Management, City of Tampa Fire Rescue and the Florida Department of Health.

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