Civil Air Patrol Takes to Air in Quake-Preparedness Drill

JUNE 16, 2006 - Posted at 7:28 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - That small plane flying overhead may not be just somebody up for a skylarking flight or even a business owner on the way to an appointment in a nearby city.  It might be part of a three-day earthquake preparedness drill being carried out by the Civil Air Patrol.

The CAP said in a news release that it began the exercise yesterday.  The release said the exercise is an effort to prepare for missions the organization might carry out should a major earthquake strike along the New Madrid fault in northeast Arkansas.  Yesterday, ten light aircraft were flown over highways and airports to determine if they would be capable of being used to bring in disaster relief supplies.  The CAP pilots also flew aerial photography missions over critical sites such as hospitals and schools.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)