Media Advisory: Nashville International Airport® to Conduct Full-Scale Emergency Drill

FAA-required exercise takes place every three years

NASHVILLE – Nashville International Airport, also known as BNA®, will conduct a full-scale emergency drill on Friday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As part of the emergency drill, the airport will rehearse response plans and procedures in conjunction with federal, state, local and community agencies. The mock emergency scenario entails actual fire, smoke and explosions that may be noticeable to the public during the planned simulation.

BNA advises members of the public and news media that emergency vehicles, first-responders and other equipment will be used to simulate an aircraft accident and will not be associated with an actual emergency situation.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations mandate airports to conduct full-scale emergency drills every three years, with annual tabletop exercises in the off years. (This drill will be slightly reduced in scope from previous years due to COVID-19 protocols and the need to limit volunteer participation.)

Runway 13/31 and an adjacent taxiway will be closed during the drill, but flight operations will continue on BNA’s other operational runways.

FAA-required, full-scale airport emergency preparedness drill

Friday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MEDIA: Arrive and be set up by 9:30 a.m. Drill begins promptly at 10 a.m.


BNA Department of Public Safety
921 Airport Service Road
Nashville, TN 37214

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