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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – For a moment, it looked like astronauts had landed at Lambert International Airport Saturday.

A contraption that looks like a cross between a space shuttle and a train car sat on the tarmac. Even though it looked funny, its purpose was actually very serious.

Emergency crews used it to practice what they'll do if there's ever a crash or fire on the runway. The two-hour drill tested firefighters' lifesaving skills, and how they work with each other.

"Communication is always an issue, so we know that going in, so we're working on it," airport official Mike Dean said.

And they're still reviewing how everything went.

Drills like this are required by the F.A.A. every three years.

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