Federal cuts will close towers at 3 Ohio airports.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal budget cuts will force the shutdown of control towers at three small Ohio airports.

The Federal Aviation Administration target list of towers to close includes the Ohio State University and Bolton Field airports in Columbus and the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Airport in suburban Cleveland.

In all, the FAA says 149 towers run under contract for the agency will close beginning April 7 under mandated spending cuts.

The Cleveland-area airport is owned by Cuyahoga County and has 325 corporate aircraft based there. County Executive Ed FitzGerald says the airport will remain open and calls the tower shutdown a mistake that could have serious consequences.

Messages seeking comment were left at the Columbus airports.

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