NAS Oceana conducting annual pre-air show mishap drill

The Blue Angels flying at the 2016 NAS Oceana Air Show. Credit: WAVY/Chris Omahen

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Naval Air Station Oceana’s annual air show is practically one month away — and the Navy is gearing up for it this week.

The base will be conducting a pre-air show mishap drill on Thursday, according to a news release.

Gallery: 2016 NAS Oceana Air Show

Officials say this drill shows the ability of Virginia Beach and the base to respond to a mass casualty incident during an air show.

The Navy and first responders will simulate a potential accident.

Officials say members of the public may see emergency vehicles transporting roll-players acting as injured patients during Thursday’s drill.

The 2017 NAS Oceana Air Show is scheduled for Sept. 16-17.