Did bullet found in plane come from firing range?Posted: wnRenderDate('Monday, March 28, 2011 6:09 PM EST', '', true); Mar 28, 2011 6:09 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Federal investigators are trying to determine how a bullet ended up damaging the fuselage of jet in Charlotte and they are looking into the possibility the bullet may have come from a firing range located near the airport.
US Airways spokeswoman Liz Landau said the airplane arrived at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Monday from Philadelphia.
She said the pilot's routine inspection discovered the hole toward the rear of the aircraft. She said there were no apparent problems during the flight, but the Boeing 737 was taken out of service.
Landau said the small hole was visible on the aircraft's exterior and that the hole didn't go through into the cabin and the airline isn't sure how it developed.
However, CNN reported on Tuesday the hole found in the jet was caused by a bullet. Sources told CNN a bullet was recovered from the plane.
Amy Thoreson, a spokeswoman for the Charlotte office of the FBI, told WBTV, once the cockpit door closes on a plane, the FBI has jurisdiction for anything happens on the plane.
When a flight crew member finds something unusual or suspect, the airline notifies the FBI as was the case on Monday.
"US Airways followed procedure," Thoreson said.
There is speculation the hole may have been caused by an stray bullet from a firing range located near the airport.
"There's a firing range on the final approach here," said US Airways Pilot James Ray. "It's possible - far fetched - but possible that a bullet, a stray bullet could have gotten loose at that range and struck the airplane on its final approach."
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Tuesday that her agency also will ensure the aircraft is airworthy before it is put back in service