Mower Vandal Damages Hutchinson Airport

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

A vandal decided to take a ride while doing damage at the Hutchinson Municipal Airport.

Airport officials say someone used a mower early Wednesday to drive over 19 taxiway lights, a runway threshold light and three signs that direct pilots to runways.

Airport manager Pieter Miller says he's never seen as much damage at the airport. He estimated the replacement cost for the lights is about $3,000. Miller says an airport employee left the keys in the mower, which sits outside near a shop.

Most of the lights and signs were replaced by late Wednesday. The airport's operations were not seriously disrupted.

No one has been arrested.

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