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(Capcom's primary storyline)
The Harvardville Airport Incident was a bioterrorist attack committed in the American city of Harvardville. The incident was perpetrated by Dr. Curtis Miller, who sought to force the United States to reveal the cover-up of its involvement with Umbrella's bio-weapons market in the leadup Raccoon City Destruction Incident. Miller himself was used as a tool by Dr. Frederic Downing, the real mastermind of the attack, who planned to use the attack to highlight the need for the WilPharma Corporation's new t-Vaccine, and demonstrate its effectiveness to any groups interested in purchasing both the t-Virus and its vaccine over the black market. This attack is also notable in having taken shortly after the arrest of Federal Bioterrorism Commission head Morgan Lansdale; the clean-up operation was instead handled by the United States Army Rangers.
The incident at Harvardville consisted of two independent attacks. The first was the release of the t-Virus within the airport itself to cause widespread panic, followed by the downing of an aeroplane to cause further casualties. Shortly before the outbreak, US congressman Ron Davis arrived at the airport with plans to meet WilPharma Corporation executive Dr. Frederic Downing to discuss their recent controversial ventures and their potential effects on the town's economy. WilPharma itself was facing criticism from bioterrorism survivor charity TerraSave over their human clinical trial of the t-Vaccine in India. TerraSave's political influence successfully slowed production of the vaccine as a result of the controversy. The attack was timed to take place during the TerraSave protest of the meeting, which itself invited media presence.
Dr. Curtis Miller infected a male victim with a sample of the t-Virus within the airport itself and allowed him to walk out into the busy Atmos terminal. As Congressman Davis was swooped upon by a reporter, the Zombie made his way to him, attacking the Harvardville Airport Police Chief in the process. The police chief transformed into a Zombie and attacked Davis' bodyguards, spreading the virus quicker. In the ensuing chaos, a reporter was also attacked on camera. TerraSave member Claire Redfield, who herself was in the airport to protest Davis, rescued him and several others, taking them to the Atmos terminal's VIP room before calling 9-1-1.
A second attack took place in the air on an Atmos Airlines flight. A WilPharma employee was invited to attend the meeting between Congressman Davis and Dr. Downing as a pretext for infecting him ahead of its trip. He became seriously ill during the flight and attacked an air hostess. The virus quickly spread across the plane, and control was lost. The plane crashed into the Atmos Airlines terminal within minutes of the airport attack. Surviving Zombies then exited the plane and added to horde.
The airport was quickly placed under quarantine and sealed-up while the government investigated if the t-Virus was involved. Outside the airport the Special Response Team, a Harvardville special police unit, organized the lock down as medical tents were brought in with a number of doctors. Airport survivors were then slowly allowed out through the entrance and taken to the tents for a full check-up. WilPharma sent its entire stock of t-Vaccine in anticipation of it being the t-Virus.
By nightfall, the government had reached the verdict the agent was indeed the t-Virus and President Graham evoked Anti-Virus Weapon Protocol No. 7600, which called for the immediate elimination of all samples through use of special forces personnel. US-STRATCOM agent Leon S. Kennedy was ordered to the scene; having experience with the virus in Raccoon City, he led S.R.T. members Greg Glenn and Angela Miller - herself the sister of Curtis Miller - into the airport via helicopter to take part in a mission to rescue Congressman Davis. The rescue team united with the VIP room survivors, by this point the only uninfected people remaining, and made a run for the main entrance. The escape proved dangerous, with Davis accidentally knocking over a child and Glenn being bitten by a Zombie. The group, sans Glenn, successfully exited the building otherwise unharmed and received immediate sterilization. With no other survivors inside the building, a United States Army Rangers unit moved in and wiped out the Zombies.
Soon after the inoculations were finished, a bomb hidden in the WilPharma truck exploded, destroying the remainder of WilPharma's samples for the time being. This served as a pretext for Claire Redfield to be invited to WilPharma's Air Dome Laboratory where another terrorist attack was being planned.
- ↑ Resident Evil Archives II. BradyGames. p. 215.