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Asiana Crash was a Drill – Smoke Machines and More

The so-called disaster involving a Korean airliner, Asiana Airlines Flight 214, wasn’t a crash. Rather, it was a simulation: a drill. To make it look realistic smoke machines were used. Without the smoke machines there is no way this could be regarded as real, since there was no fireball (how could there be, there was no crash) and since the fuel tanks were empty.



This particular A-1E is one of the mostly nicely restored Skyraiders in operation, the simulated ordnance provides a lot of extra interest, especially during the type of simulated bombing combat mission which was provided at the show by Chris Rainey and the rest of his pyrotechnic crew.




Smoke is behind the aircraft and in no way arises from it. Same appearance as the billowing smoke from the pyrotechnics. There is no way that the drill-meisters would risk a real explosion of kerosene or other highly flammable materials. So, instead of fire, at least initially, smoke was used. The actors are not concerned. Nor did they suffer any ill effects. They were told that the phony smoke is non-toxic.

Such smoke machines are used for all manners of fake disasters, in this case a truck ‘fire:’




How drills are typically laid out (this picture not from SF):


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(3) Readers Comments

  1. I’ll bite. How was there no crash? I know, I sound stupido but what am I missing here?

    • It was a drill. The plane was plopped there. The only so-called video or cell phone footage of an actual crash was faked with CGI; look at the smoke. How can it arise from outside or the edge of the plane only? What is burning, the aluminum skin? That black smoke could only come, if real, from the insides of the plane: and that is not happening.

  2. when / how was the plane put there ? how did that escape notice ? why was it done ? who benefits ?

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