Boston airport drill spreads alarm on social media

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“Plane on fire” at Logan apparently just part of training exercise. Hey @Massport, feel free to tweet that next time. http://t.co/8BvyqrpSHe
Not sure what this fire on the runway at Logan airport is about... http://t.co/WOrA4DxyDR
#tbt Aerial photo of Logan Airport in 1995 @BostonLogan #Boston #transportation #surveying #AEC http://t.co/QO1LN2iuIq
A surface unit for Logan International Airport's new automated system to detect runway debris stands on a runway at the airport in Boston, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. The $1.7 million system is the first of its kind in the U.S. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool)
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BOSTON (AP) -- Reports of a plane ablaze at Boston's Logan International Airport turned out to be a training exercise for firefighters.

An airport spokesman said the exercise Wednesday morning that created a stir on social media was held in the same place as all fire training exercises.

Matthew Brelis says the airport trains firefighters from airports across the Northeast using a fake aircraft fuselage. He calls them "almost a daily occurrence" between April and October.

Andrew Zimmern of Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods America" tweeted "Am I alone seeing a plane on fire on Tarmac at Logan in Boston?" and posted a photo. He later tweeted that such training operations "should be announced in airport."

Zimmern has more than 700,000 followers on Twitter.

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