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Massport Officials Apologize For Fire Drill At Logan Airport On 911 Anniversary
By Steve Hall

September 12, 2013 - On the 12th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks, Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) which operates Boston Logan International Airport had to apologize for conducting a fire drill in which a fire was set with an aircraft parked on a runway. Many of Boston’s residents could see plumes of smoke coming from the airport were unsure if the airport was under a terrorist attack. 

Massport took to its Boston Logan Airport Facebook page to release a public apology “Massport apologizes for conducting the fire training exercise and understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of September 11. Safety and security is our top priority and constant vigilance and readiness is critical, but the exercise should not have taken place on the anniversary of 9/11. The airport community recognizes the day with moments of silence, a service in the chapel, and a wreath at the 9/11 memorial”. 


A number of Boston’s residents went on to twitter and Boston Logan Airport's Facebook page to complain about the poor timing. A Boston resident said on Boston Logan Airport's Facebook page “I'm amazed that the collective brain trust that makes up Massport just couldn't come up with the logical conclusion that this exercise on this day just doesn't make sense!! It's a scary thought indeed to think that this management is running things at one of the busiest airports in the world”. 

Given that the two planes that brought down the twin towers at the World Trade Center where out of Boston’s Logan Airport, officials at Massport should have know this fire exercise would raise concern that possibly the airport was undertake by those who would see smoke coming from the airport on this day and at minimum the event would be viewed as insensitive to those who lost love ones. 

On September 11, 2001, at 7:59 AM an American Airlines Boeing 767, Flight 11 departed Boston's Logan Airport with a crew of 11 and 76 passengers for Los Angeles. Within moments of the aircraft departing Logan al-Qaeda terrorists took control of the aircraft. At 8:46 AM the Boeing 767 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.



Just over a little more than an hour after Flight 11 departed Logan a second Boeing 767 operated by United Airlines Flight 175 departed Logan (8:14 AM) with a crew of 9 and 51 passengers for Los Angeles, again moments after departure the aircraft was taken over by al-Qaeda terrorists. At 9:03 AM the al-Qaeda highjackers flew the Boeing 767 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. 

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said holding the drill on the anniversary of September 11 was just dumb. "I just heard about that and I'm just I mean I didn't know it was going to happen and it's just dumb I mean the timing could not be worse. I know and have a tremendous amount of confidence in the leadership at Massport and I have to believe that they just didn't catch this and to people who experienced 9/11, many of whom work at Massport, I just feel so sorry."

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