Active Shooter Excercise Held at Twin Falls Airport

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) The Magic Valley Regional Airport was the scene of an active shooter that took passengers of an airplane hostage as part of a training exercise.

Police, fire, paramedics, airport staff and others took part in the training Thursday morning. The scenario involved a person with a handgun that shot an airport employee, stormed an aircraft, took hostages, and was eventually shot by a SWAT team. A latter drill practiced a hostage negotiation scenario that ended peacefully.

Airport Manager Bill Carberry said the Federal Aviation Administration requires airports to hold a training every three years to practice for these types of events and others. The last training involved a crashed aircraft with passenger. Carberry says they try to keep it as authentic as possible.

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