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  • Hole in US Airways plane was caused by a bullet, sources say

    (CNN) -- A hole in a US Airways jet that landed in Charlotte, North Carolina, was caused by a bullet that pierced the passenger cabin, three government sources told CNN Tuesday.

    Officials believe the bullet was fired in Charlotte, after passengers had exited the aircraft, one source said. The hole was discovered after the Boeing 737-400 landed Monday.

    The sources said a bullet has been recovered inside the plane.

    "We do not believe its terrorism related," said one of the government sources. "It appears to be a random event. We do not believe the plane was targeted. No one heard the bullet fired."

    An investigation into who fired the shot into the aircraft has begun, said multiple government sources.

    Flight 1161 from Philadelphia landed safely at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport about 4 p.m. Monday. The plane was being prepped for another flight when the pilot discovered the hole above a passenger window toward the back of the plane, according to airline officials. The airline pulled the jet from service and called in the FBI.

    The plane holds 144 passengers, according to the US Airways website. It was not immediately clear how many people were aboard the flight. All of the passengers on the next flight were accommodated on other planes, a US Airways spokeswoman said.

    "We've released the plane back to US Airways last night," after completing their investigation, FBI spokeswoman Amy Thoreson said Tuesday.

    But the airplane remained grounded Tuesday while US Airways performed its own investigation, said company spokeswoman Valerie Wunder.

    Before the plane can be put back into service, it will have to be inspected by the Federal Aviation Administration for flight certification, according to agency spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.
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  • #2
    You think maybe an air marshall had an accidental discharge on the plane?
    GOD IS A NINJA WITH A SNIPER RIFLE, WAITING TO TAKE YOU OUT.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GIOSTORMUSNRET View Post
      You think maybe an air marshall had an accidental discharge on the plane?
      No.
      "Did that hurt? It looked like it hurt"

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GIOSTORMUSNRET View Post
        You think maybe an air marshall had an accidental discharge on the plane?
        Yes. When no one was looking he climbed out on to the wing and capped off a round at the plane. Then using his uber secret Air Ninja skills, re-entered the plane and calmly took his seat.

        (CNN) -- A hole in a US Airways jet that landed in Charlotte, North Carolina, was caused by a bullet that pierced the passenger cabin, three government sources told CNN Tuesday.
        The sources said a bullet has been recovered inside the plane.
        Originally posted by crass cop
        Just do it in front of a camera and try not to get a boner and you shoudl be fine.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GIOSTORMUSNRET View Post
          You think maybe an air marshall had an accidental discharge on the plane?
          and the bullet wound up inside the plane? Neat trick.
          Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
          Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            Plenty of flight patterns go over camden and other less than desirable areas of Philly.... just sayin!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by DAL View Post
              and the bullet wound up inside the plane? Neat trick.
              Maybe it was one of those magic 6.5 carcano bullets.
              Just pay your dues, and be quiet :-)

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              • #8
                The plane took off from Philly?

                Case closed.
                "We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence to those who would do us harm." - George Orwell, April 4, 1942

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                • #9
                  Haven't heard anything more about it. I'm wondering if it was a rifle or pistol bullet.
                  Getting shot hurts! Don't under estimate the power of live ammo. A .22LR can kill you! I personally feel that it's best to avoid being shot by any caliber. Your vest may stop the bullet, but you'll still get a nice bruise or other injury to remember the experience.

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                  • #10
                    It's my understanding the bullet trajectory came from ABOVE the aircraft.
                    Might be someone doing some long-range duck-hunting, or maybe it came from one of those anti-aircraft M-16's...after all like FlyChicaga said, the flight DID originate in Philly!

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                    • #11
                      Now they are saying the bullet did not enter the cabin of the aircraft, a pilot making a pre flight inspection spotted the bullet hole.
                      http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/201...-philadelphia/


                      A pilot making a pre-flight inspection during a lay-over discovered the hole towards the rear of the aircraft.
                      “He noticed a small hole in the exterior of the fuselage towards the rear of the aircraft,” said US Airways spokeswoman Liz Landau.
                      Landau said the Boeing 737 arrived at Charlotte from Philadelphia. She said there were no apparent problems during the flight.
                      “We took the aircraft out of service to do a maintenance check with our maintenance team, and we’re working with the appropriate authorities, including the FBI in the investigation,” Landau said.
                      Officials say the hole was visible on the outside of the plane, but it did not go through into the cabin.
                      Just pay your dues, and be quiet :-)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by LaPlaca View Post
                        Yes. When no one was looking he climbed out on to the wing and capped off a round at the plane. Then using his uber secret Air Ninja skills, re-entered the plane and calmly took his seat.
                        [/B].

                        Hahahahahahahaha

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                        • #13
                          Remember the twilight zone episode (modern version of the show) with the gargoyle on the wing tearing apart the engine while the plane was in flight ? Good catch on the pilots part, I wonder how many do that thorough of a pre flight ?

                          Bill
                          Just pay your dues, and be quiet :-)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by willbird View Post
                            Remember the twilight zone episode (modern version of the show) with the gargoyle on the wing tearing apart the engine while the plane was in flight ? Good catch on the pilots part, I wonder how many do that thorough of a pre flight ?

                            Bill
                            The ones that have long, event free careers! I love to fly on a plane that is being piloted by an old pilot!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by willbird View Post
                              Remember the twilight zone episode (modern version of the show) with the gargoyle on the wing tearing apart the engine while the plane was in flight ? Good catch on the pilots part, I wonder how many do that thorough of a pre flight ?

                              Bill
                              While pilots do look at the whole jet its not practical to scan every inch of the aircraft. Here is what they concentrate on during a walk around.

                              http://www.md-11.org/md11/Walkaround/Wa1.htm
                              Life is what you make of it

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