Is Casper-Natrona County International Aiport Ready for an Emergency?

Tuesday's deadly Southwest Airlines accident in Philadelphia begs the question, what needs to be done to make sure planes are safe to take to the skies?

News 13's Connor Comeau went out to the Casper-Natrona County International Airport to find out.

The discussion starts at a tabletop gathering of airport emergency personnel.

"What happens if you had this disaster, right? And at the tabletop, you have all of the mutual aid agencies from your area come and we talk about what the airport would do, what the city of Casper would do, what Natrona County would do and we plan it out. And we can see if there are any deficiencies in our plan for that particular disaster and then we can make adjustments accordingly,” shared Aaron Buck, at Casper-Natrona County Airport.

In order to prevent emergencies from occurring, routine maintenance is performed before planes are allowed to take off.

Aircraft mechanic in Casper, Kevin Haggard shared, “Basically, we open them all up and inspect from front to rear, wingtip to wingtip for any evidence of damage or corrosion or anything like that."

Though, even when proper maintenance is performed not all accidents are prevented.

Casper airport staff conducts trainings to prepare in the event of an emergency.

"Every three years, we do a full scale drill which we completed last September where we actually had a drill where we come out and work with the fire trucks and the emergency personnel and the ambulances and simulate an aircraft accident, where we transport people from the airport to the hospital. We did that last September and it went really well,” said Buck.

To prevent problems, aircraft maintenance must be thorough.

"There’s certain criteria we have to abide by that the FAA makes us stand by and it's, it can be pretty rigorous."

All is do to prevent an air emergency in our backyard.

Maintenance on all aircraft includes an oil change every fifty to one-hundred hours of flying depending on the type of aircraft.