Injured teenagers lay strewn across the tarmac at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on Thursday morning, but their gruesome injuries were actually make-up and their cries of pain were only an act in a mock disaster drill.
The 50 teens, from the Louisiana National Guard’s Youth Challenge program at Carville, portrayed the victims of a domestic violence incident gone terribly wrong. The drill’s scenario was about an angry man who wanted to kill his stewardess wife by blowing up a commercial airplane she was working on, then shooting the passengers.
Because the airport was still operating as usual, the drill took place near a cargo warehouse south of the main terminal far from the active runways. A large bus was used to represent the plane.
Occasional morning rains, however, prohibited the use of pyrotechnics and smoke. And as the scene unfolded, the “active shooter” scenario was also abandoned. In spite of the changes, the drill went fairly smoothly, according to Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Police Chief Anthony Williams.