Mock emergency drill at Portland jetport

Posted June 05, 2010, at 3:34 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland and South Portland police and fire departments, Cumberland County and state emergency agencies, the Coast Guard and private agencies were participating in a mock emergency drill at the Portland jetport Saturday.

Local traffic was expected to be affected for much of the day due to the drill.

The agencies are carrying out search and rescue operations during the exercise, which is required by the Federal Aviation Administration. It’s designed to test the jetport’s ability to respond to an aircraft emergency.

The drill’s scenario involves a plane bound for the jetport crashing into the Fore River just south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Northbound lanes of the Veterans Memorial Bridge from South Portland to the Fore River Parkway were to be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.