How do you train for a major airplane accident without actually having a major airplane accident? Put two school buses end to end, cover them with tarps and crank up a smoke machine, fill them with nursing students acting out various injuries (including some makeup with realistic-looking injuries) and then bring in more than 70 fire, ambulance, police and aviation agencies to tackle it. Then take lots of notes.

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Sophia Joyal of Laconia, a UNH nursing student, shows off the “back injury” she was given by a makeup artist as part of Sept. 18, 2019 Emergency Preparedness Drill at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

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