sfo03.jpgMore than 100 emergency officials and volunteers are at San Francisco International Airport today participating in an emergency response drill involving a simulated jetliner crash.

The exercise, which is organized by the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services, will simulate the crash of a commercial airliner moments after takeoff, airport spokesman Mike McCarron said.

Volunteers will portray injured crash survivors and friends and family members of those on board. Some will be transported to local hospitals as part of the exercise, according to organizers.

The drill is designed to evaluate and improve the ability of federal, state and local agencies to respond to a disaster at the airport.

Participating entities include Cal Fire, the Federal Aviation Administration, the FBI, the American Red Cross, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and the cities of South San Francisco, San Bruno, San Mateo and San Francisco.

The exercise began at 9 a.m. and will end at noon.

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