SPRINGFIELD, -- It was just a drill, but things looked a bit chaotic at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. A mock plane crash took place at the old terminal.
More than 20 actors played the role of passengers that were dead or injured while first responders got some good practice.
Crashes like this are rare, but the Springfield airport has a higher chance of dealing with significant emergency landings.
It serves as a primary diversion airport for American Airlines.
"What that means is any american airliner crossing the country that has a mechanical problem in this area, this is where they are going to come. Because we have long runways and a big fire department," said Kent Boyd with Springfield-Branson National Airport.
"If this did happen in real life, I would want people to come that knew what they were doing," said actor Tyler Harrington.
Within the last six years, the Springfield Airport has assisted in two significant emergency landings.
In these emergencies there was fire on the plane and people had minor injuries.