Tonight: Landings and drills at NAS Oceana

Posted at 9:10 AM, Aug 16, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-17 08:19:15-04

There will be a lot of activity today at Naval Air Station Oceana.

With the Oceana Air Show less than a month away, the Navy is making some final preparations.

Tonight, they will practice for the worst.

The Oceana Air Show is always an impressive sight, as jets roar through the skies of Virginia Beach. But what if something goes terribly wrong? What if a firework explodes into the crowd? Or if the bleachers collapse, or worse - a plane crashes through the huge crowd of fans the airshow brings?

Back in 2007, during a pre-show practice, an acrobatic pilot crashed a vintage plane. The pilot was killed, while several hundred people watched. 

The Navy says they will be trained for any type of disaster.

Tonight, after dark, Naval Air Station Oceana will hold its air show mishap drill.

The Navy, and local first responders, will simulate a potential accident and will work together to get things under control.

And while the Navy works hard to make sure the air show is a safe environment, it's always important to be ready for anything that could possibly happen.

Also tonight - our jets will be doing landing practice from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

So it will be a loud, busy night.