Hundreds of Nails Pepper Flight School Driveways

Owners are suspicious as police investigate who spread roofing nails on the driveways of flight schools at the Santa Monica Airport, the Santa Monica Daily Press reports.

Flight school owners at Santa Monica Airport tell the Santa Monica Daily Press that they suspect someone might have deliberately sprinkled hundreds of roofing nails on their driveways.

There's been three cases of between 40 and 150 1.5-inch nails at Justice Aviation, American Flyers and Krueger Aviation Inc. under investigation by the Santa Monica Police Department, the paper reports.

"There is the potential that this could become very serious if an accident occurs as a result of it," owner Joe Justice told the Daily Press.

Flight schools account for the majority of traffic at the airport, which for decades has been criticized by neighbors who aircraft are too noisy, unsafe and toxic. Anti-airport activists are calling on the Santa Monica City Council to curtail flight operations or relocate flight schools.

In response to speculation that the nails might have been a form of protest against the flight schools, Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution's Martin Rubin said, "our efforts focus on education and awareness of airport impacts on the surrounding communities. Video surveillance would be a useful tool at times like this."


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catman June 01, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Fess up Martin Rubin. You know you did it. Confession is good for the soul.
John Londono June 02, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Someone must be getting really fed up with the airport....
Richard Crouch June 02, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Hasn't the airport been there for a long time? If so, then if you decided to live next to it you shouldn't be that supprised that planes fly over your house. The same is true for traintracks, fire stations, bus terminals, iron smelting plants, etc. Unless the complainers owned homes in the area pre-airport then they don't really have a lot of ground to stand on. I live in Sunset Park near the airport, I'm not complaining because it was here when I moved in...
Mike J. June 04, 2012 at 06:30 AM
When I moved here there were no jets allowed. Can I complain about the jets?
Buddy Brown June 04, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Selfish Human Nature - Move next to a highway - Complain about the noise and insist that the government build noise walls. Move next to an airport - Complain about the noise that airplanes make. Here’s an idea.. Let’s close ALL airports! Or... Do we only close the airports that make noise next to someone else’s house?
Peter Nott June 07, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Next time one of you complaining NIMBYs catch a flight out of LAX – as it taxis out and waits for takeoff - sit back, relax and remind yourself of the noise and pollution your convenient flight is causing the homeowners around there. Be thankful they have not closed LAX so you do not have to go to Palmdale or Ontario.
ericinmalibu@aol.com August 16, 2012 at 09:03 PM
The street cloverfield got its name because it used to lead to Clover field airstrip


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