Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Car drives onto ILM tarmac, crashes into terminal

A car breached the fence line at the airport and drove onto the tarmac before retreating and crashing into the terminal Thursday evening. (Courtesy NHCSO)

WILMINGTON — An incident at the Wilmington International Airport ended with one car crashing into the terminal Thursday evening.

According to a report from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the car breached the fence line at the airport and drove onto the tarmac around 7 p.m. As deputies attempted to engage the driver, he steered off the tarmac and crashed into the terminal’s doors and windows.

The driver was detained by deputies and faces state and federal charges.

The sheriff’s office confirmed there were no injuries to the public.

“The airport is open and had minimal impact to operations,” according to a statement from the airport. “ILM expects to be fully operational by the morning.”


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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