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United Airlines announced it is probing a pilot who discarded 10 bullets into a plane’s trash bin, and later flushed the bullets in the plane’s toilet, en route from Houston, Texas, to Munich, Germany in a United Boeing 767-400.
According to United Airlines spokeswoman Karen May, the pilot is allowed to carry a gun on domestic flights as part of a post 9/11 program created in an effort to retrieve hijacked guns.
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“He did incorrectly dispose of the ammunition,” she said, “but it is likely that the pilot is not going to face any criminal charges.”
One source reported that when a passenger lost her ring during the flight, flight attendants searched for the lost ring:
A flight attendant thus discovered the bullets, dutifully brought and reported the bullets to the captain, who now decided to ultimately get rid of the bullets and dumped them down the toilet. Later the flight attendant inquired again about the bullets, the captain realized that she would file a report, explained the situation to her and informed ground.
The Aviation Herald received confirmation from Munich Airport that the airplane was redirected to a remote parking position after landing and had a delayed departure. During the first search, six bullets were retrieved. A second search yielded the remaining four bullets, and the flight was set for departure after a 4-hour delay.
United later confirmed that the captain did not carry his gun on the flight to Munich, but realized he still had the ammunition and disposed of it incorrectly in the plane’s waste bin and toilet. Press Spokeswoman Dr. Simone Hilgers of Upper Bavaria’s Government told The Aviation Herald last week that they are aware of the incident. The United States Transportation Security Agency has been investigating the occurrence.
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h/t: The Aviation Herald
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