Thu, Mar 31, 2011
Hole Discovered In Fuselage During Pre-Flight
A bullet was recovered from the fuselage of a USAirways B737
in Charlotte, NC, after a hole was found above a passenger window
during a pre-flight inspection. Federal investigators are still
trying to determine if the airplane was shot in flight, or after it
landed. It has last flown from Philadelphia to Charlotte.
London's Daily Mail reports that ballistics experts say the
bullet may have been a stray, and not fired intentionally at the
aircraft. The bullet was apparently losing velocity after traveling
about three-quarters of a mile when it struck the plane from above
taking a front to back trajectory.
There is no hard evidence that the bullet found in the plane was
the one that caused the hole in the fuselage, but authorities said
that it was the most probable cause. There is also no evidence that
the airplane was targeted, and terrorism does not seem to be
involved. But the hole did extend all the way through the
airplane's skin into the cabin area.
The investigation is focusing on the possibility that the
airplane was struck near the ground, because authorities say the
aircrew or passengers would have noticed had it been struck in
flight. There were 84 passengers and 5 crew on board the flight
from Philadelphia to Charlotte.
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