10/09/2014 10:56 EDT | Updated 12/09/2014 05:59 EST

Fake plane crash tests Code Orange emergency response at Montreal hospitals

Sixty "victims" were transported to Sacré-Coeur Hospital Thursday morning in a simulated emergency exercise meant to test the health care network's response to a Code Orange.

"A Code Orange is an international code used to signal a catastrophe or external emergency that requires the mass transportation of casualties to hospitals", said Michel Garceau of Montreal's health and social services agency in a news release.

"The simulation is very important since it will help improve practices already in place," he said.

The simulation exercise also involved Jean-Talon and Hôtel-Dieu hospitals.

Similar exercises were held in October 2012 and 2013.