Mon, Mar 24, 2008
US Airways Pilot Part Of FFDO Program
A gun legally carried
into the cockpit of a US Airways flight by the plane's pilot Sunday
accidentally discharged... resulting in no injuries, but leaving
According to WCNC-6 in Charlotte, NC, the incident occurred
Sunday morning onboard US Air Flight 1536, enroute from Denver.
Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Andrea
McCauley said the pilot is part of the TSA's Federal Flight Deck
Officer (FFDO) project, which trains pilots to carry firearms in
the cockpit as a deterrent to the kind of terrorist acts witnessed
on September 11, 2001.
Though supported by a number of pilots and their representative
groups, critics of the controversial program have cited the risk of
just such an accidental firing as one reason not to arm pilots. The
pilot involved in Sunday's incident was recertified in November
2007 to carry a sidearm, McCauley added.
The aircraft carried 124 passengers and five crew onboard when
the incident occurred. Damage to the aircraft is unknown at this
time; the plane was taken out of service for inspection after
landing in Charlotte.
TSA and the Federal Air Marshals Service will also investigate
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