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New fire training plane opens at Edinburgh Airport

Training plane Pic: Lisa Summers
Image caption The £1.3m facility is the biggest in the country and will allow firefighters from across the world to train for emergencies

A new fire and rescue training rig the size of a Boeing Dreamliner aircraft has been opened at Edinburgh Airport.

The £1.3m facility is the biggest in the country and will allow firefighters from across the world to train.

The facility was officially opened by transport minister Keith Brown. The new rig at the west side of the airport is 40m in length and 9m tall.

It will allow firefighters to recreate scenarios such as a huge engine fire or a rescue from a smoke filled cabin.

The airport was required to enhance its fire training facilities in line with safety guidelines as the size of regular traffic into the airport has increased.

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