3/10/23 update 2: The below quote may be attributed to Jeff Bourk, ILM Airport Director
“I want to thank New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, other law enforcement agencies, airport staff, and our airport partners that acted quickly and effectively last night. I am very proud of our team. I also want to thank Monteith Construction, who responded quickly overnight to make temporary repairs to the fence line and terminal front, so normal operations could resume. ILM has been and continues to be fully in compliance with TSA security requirements. The airport is open and fully operational.
ILM will continue to support our partners during this active investigation. Please direct any law enforcement related questions to NHCSO and any TSA related questions to the TSA.”
~Jeff Bourk, ILM Airport Director
Temporary repairs were made overnight and the airport was fully functional by 4am.
3/9/23 ILM Airport Statement
This evening, an automobile breached the airport. No one from the public was injured. New Hanover County Sherriff’s office responded swiftly, detained the individual, and is coordinating with partner agencies. The airport is open and had minimal impact to operations. ILM expects to be fully operational by the morning.