WEIRWOOD, Va. (WAVY) - A Virginia airport's April Fools' joke really took off.
On April 1, Campbell Field Airport in Weirwood reported that itwas temporarily closing, after human remains were found in themiddle of an earthen runway.
Field owner Gordon Campbell said the remains were believed to beof airport founder Darrell Kellam. Kellam started the airport in1933. He died in 1976 and it's believed he requested that he beburied at the end of the runway.
"The grave site lies about 100 feet from the southern end of therunway and exactly where the threshold for the runway used to be",said Campbell in a released statement.
Speculation is that the flooding over the years helped "float"the remains to the surface, which were reportedly discoveredWednesday.
The flooding was the only part of this story that was true. The airport's websiterevealed it was all a hoax, long after local and national mediareported the original story. The message reads, "Happy April Fool'sDay! Hope you enjoyed the prank! (But the airport really closed dueto heavy rain)."
While Campbell Field Airport's NOTAM (notice toairmen) about the closure was true, the rationale issued by thefield, that the airport was shut down to “enable a crew tocarefully exhume the body”, was not.
The airport will remain closed until April 8 because the runwaysare soft and wet - and that is no joke.
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