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Massport apologizes for holding fire training at Logan Airport on 9/11 anniversary

A live fire exercise was held on the airfield of Logan Airport on Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

logan airport airtran boston Two of the planes used in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks left from Logan Airport.
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The agency that operates Logan Airport apologized on Wednesday for holding a live fire training exercise at the port on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Two of the four planes that were hijacked left from Logan Airport 12 years ago.

On Wednesday, the anniversary of the attacks, the fire department conducted a training exercise that included smoke coming from the airfield. Pictures from television outlets showed flames and smoke rising from a plane on the airfield.

Massport issued an apology on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon and said the training should not have taken place on the 9/11 anniversary.

"Massport apologizes for conducting the fire training exercise and understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of Sept. 11. Safety and security is our top priority and constant vigilance and readiness is critical, but the exercise should not have taken place on the anniversary of 9/11," Massport said in the statement, adding that it holds various remembrance events at the airport on the anniversary.

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