Gun-Blasting Pilot Suspended

Can't carry a gun after he blows hole in fuselage during flight
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2008 9:43 AM CDT
Gun-Blasting Pilot Suspended
A photo of a US Airways jet apparently shows a bullet hole in the cockpit created when a pilot's gun accidentally discharged during a flight.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A trigger-happy US Airways pilot whose gun accidentally discharged in the cockpit has been suspended from the federal program that permits pilots to pack heat, reports CNN. He's also been yanked from flight duty pending the results of an investigation by the FAA, the TSA, and US Air. The shocking weekend discharge was the first time a gun has been fired on board since the feds enacted the gun program to discourage would-be hijackers.

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The bullet penetrated the fuselage but didn't damage anything critical to the operation of the plane, officials said. No one was injured. The pilot volunteered to carry the gun as part of the security program. No other details of how the firearm discharged has been released. (Read more airline stories.)

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