Atlantic City International Airport will conduct a full-scale emergency preparedness exercise May 11 that is intended to simulate conditions of a catastrophic aircraft accident.

Residents in the area should expect to see smoke and emergency equipment in use from 8 a.m. to noon as the simulation takes place, according to a statement issued by the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which operates the airport.

The exercise is conducted every three years in compliance with federal regulations. It’s used to evaluate emergency plans for the airport, federal state, county and local response agencies that would be involved if an accident were to occur.

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No local roads will be closed as a result of the simulation, but residents can expect to see increased emergency vehicle activity on Tilton Road near the airport and at the intersection of Tilton and Delilah roads.

The airport will remain open during the exercise.

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