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Sep 11, 2013 5:58 PM by NBC News

Airport apologizes for disaster drill held on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Officials at Boston's Logan Airport are apologizing for holding a fire drill, complete with smoke and flames, on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

It's already a day when many are nervous to fly.

"It's just a superstition that's in everybody's mind," one traveler said.

"It crossed my mind, yes," said another traveler.

Hundreds who landed at Logan Airport Wednesday morning saw something that was sure to rattle the nerves even more.

Huge flames and thick black smoke were near the runway, but the fire was merely a training exercise.

Drills similar to the one performed on Wednesday are not uncommon, but many people, including Governor Deval Patrick, believe doing it on 9/11 was not smart planning.

"The timing couldn't have been worse. I think the word I used earlier was it seemed ‘dumb,'" said Governor Patrick.

Christy Coombs, whose husband was on the first plane that crashed into the twin towers, thought the timing was insensitive.

"It's almost as if somebody woke up this morning and looked at the calendar and said, it's 9/11, but that doesn't matter, it made no difference to them and then to pull off something like that on 9/11, it just makes no sense whatsoever," Coombs said.

After the exercise was complete, airport officials released a statement, which reads: Massport apologizes for conducting the fire training exercise and understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of September 11th. The exercise should not have taken place on the anniversary of 9/11.

Logan airport officials have honored those who died on September 11th. They placed a wreath at the memorial, had several moments of silence inside the airport and also held a service at the chapel earlier today.

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