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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- At Kansas City International Monday night, the fire department conducted an impressive and brilliant drill that's required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The flames were intentionally set with the use of propane inside an aircraft simulator. It was scheduled at night to add an element to the training.

Lew Hendricks, fire department spokesperson, said fire fighters spend numerous hours during the month in classroom training, but thanks to the University of Missouri Fire Rescue Training Institute, they get extra experience in aircraft emergencies.

The simulator they are using to create the fire is about 15 years old and will be replaced soon.

The exercise is conducted as close to real-life as possible. The initial call comes in from the battalion chief, who has to notify the tower and airport security and let them know it is just a drill.

The exercise will be repeated Tuesday and Wednesday.

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