Airport operator warns snowmobilers to keep out

Posted Dec. 26, 2009, at 2:46 p.m.

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — Officials at Central Maine Regional Airport say the snowmobiling across and near runways must stop.

The airport put up plastic fences and signs warning snowmobilers to stay away several years ago, but the signs have been ripped up and the fences cut. Airport operator Kristina Wallace says if snowmobilers continue to ride in the area, the airport could lose $1.2 million in federal funding for a new runway.

She told the Morning Sentinel that a single piece of ice tracked across a runway could damage a plane. And she says riding on the runway is just plain dangerous for snowmobilers and pilots, who would have to pull up if a snowmobile crossed a runway as a plane was touching down.

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