It sure looks like the Hudson River ditching and subsequent rescue of all passengers and crew that captivated Americans a few years ago. But the belching smokestacks and polluted sky should be a giveaway — this is an emergency response exercise in Shanghai, China. The plane is a mock-up purpose-built for the exercise
Over 150 volunteers, first responders and “victim” role-players, took part. The exercise tested how Chinese air, sea, and first-response agencies worked together. While the Chinese usually play these things close to the vest, in the USA such exercises have exposed and led to the elimination of a lot of bureaucratic fault lines.
No idea what they’re going to do with the jet mockup now. Maybe Jackie Chan can work it into a movie!