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Air crash training exercise in North Yorkshire

Hundreds of military personnel and the emergency services have been taking part in a major exercise to practice dealing with an air crash.

Flying was suspended for a day at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire so teams could face the aftermath of a supposed mid-air collision to ensure they're prepared for a real emergency.

Claire Montgomery was there:

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Air crash drill crucial in case 'the worst was to happen'

Hundreds of soldiers and airmen joined the emergency services in a major exercise to practise dealing with an air crash.

Squadron Leader Jim Errington, who led the exercise, says those kind of practices are essential "just in case the worst was the happen".

Flying was suspended for a day at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire so teams could deal with the aftermath of a supposed mid-air collision: a scenario the Military Aviation Authority requires to be rehearsed.

Mark Davies, Emergency Planner for North Yorkshire Police, says it is important to ensure people know "what their role is" in that scenario.

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Military host practice air crash in North Yorkshire

Hundreds of military personnel and the emergency services have been taking part in a major exercise to practice dealing with an air crash.

Flying was suspended for a day at RAF Leeming, in North Yorkshire, so teams could deal with the aftermath of a supposed mid-air collision, involving two military aircraft and a number of casualties.

It is a scenario the Military Aviation Authority requires the Air Force to rehearse and this particular exercise has taken months to plan.

Squadron Leader Jim Errington, who led the exercise, said the majority of the 1600 strong personnel at the base have been involved in some way, along with rescue crews from Scotland.

While flying is as safe as we can possibly make it, there is always a risk and we have to practice this sort of thing, just in case the worst was to happen.

– Jim Errington

Military fire crews and police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, North Yorkshire Police and the ambulance services joined the simulated rescue and recovery operation, to practice working together.

It is one of the largest exercises of its kind planned for this year.

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