Airport manager: planes “targeted” for vandalism

GREAT BARRINGTON – Two Berkshire Aviation Enterprises planes were recently damaged in an act of vandalism, according to airport manager Kenneth Krentsa. A corresponding police report lists the offense as malicious damage of property.

The two planes – both of which are 1946 Piper J-3 models, owned by the airport for flight training purposes – had their vertical stabilizers bent back at the top, which rendered both planes “non-airworthy,” according to Krentsa.

The damage totaled more than $16,000. Each plane, Krentsa said, cost between $8,000 and $10,000 in repairs and loss of service – each plane is estimated to cost $50,000, according to the police report. Intentionally damaging an airplane is a felony.

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