9/11 Memorial at Boston Logan International Airport
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Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Boston's Logan International Airport has apologized for holding a mock fire drill Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001.
Four commercial jetliners were hijacked that day, including two that originated at Logan Airport. Those planes from Boston were both flown into the World Trade Center buildings in New York City.
Logan officials posted news of the runway fire drill -- and their subsequent apology -- on the airport's Facebook page, where many posted comments chiding the airport for its timing.
The Boston Herald writes footage of the fire drill "showed ... heavy fire and billowing smoke at the seaside airport."
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was among those who found the move distasteful.
"I didn't know it was going to happen, and it's just dumb," Patrick says to The Boston Globe. "The timing could not be worse."
In its apology, the Massachusetts Port Authority that runs the airport says it's sorry for the timing of the fire exercise and that the agency "understands ... it may have offended many of those touched by the events of Sept. 11."
The fire drill came as several other events were held at the airport Wednesday to mark the anniversary.
"How clueless and insensitive can you be," one woman posted on the Logan Airport Facebook page.
Gov. Patrick tells the Globe he still has a "tremendous amount of confidence" in the Massport leadership, adding "I have to believe they just didn't catch this."