Tomorrow's Jet Crash Likely a Simulation

By Frank Heinz
|  Monday, Mar 7, 2011  |  Updated 10:08 AM CDT
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Tomorrow's Jet Crash Likely a Simulation

We hope you don't see a crashed jet in North Texas Tuesday, but if you do, and if it's behind the Lowe's Home Improvement store near the NAS JRB, it's a training exercise.

That's the message officials at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base want to get out to the public in hopes of stemming a tidal wave of 911 calls Tuesday morning.

The training exercise will take place in a field behind the home improvement store and a movie theater near Loop 820 and state Highway 199 at about 8 a.m.

Those passing by may see the "downed" F/A-18 Hornet with crews simulating a rescue operation. In addition to not calling 911, officials are asking lookie-loos to not stop to watch the exercise.

The exercise is being conducted in preparation for the upcoming Blue Angels show at the AirPower Expo April 16-17 at NAS JRB and officials with the base said exercises between emergency responders are common -- even off base.

The exercise is designed to test the response of local police and fire departments from the base as well as from officials with the Navy, Lockheed Martin, Fort Worth and Lake Worth.

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