Sat, Oct 23, 2004
FBI Now Investigating Damage To Three Aircraft
The investigation into
what, for all the world, looks like bullet holes in the fuselage of
a US Airways jet has now expanded to include three aircraft -- and
the FBI is hot on the case.
As ANN reported Monday, A US Airways Airbus A320
was being evaluated after a mechanic in Orlando (FL) found
suspicious holes in the aircraft. The aircraft was
sent to Charlotte (NC), where two more planes were found to have
the same type of punctures on their exterior surfaces.
Holes were discovered in the other two aircraft -- another A320
and a Boeing 737 -- and that may not be all. US Airways spokesman
David Castelveter said the airline had contacted the FBI in the
past regarding damage to its aircraft. "There are a variety of
potential reasons for the damage," he told the Washington Post.
"That's why we've opened up an investigation. We are trying to
determine those various issues," said FBI spokesman David
especially interested in the damage because, for the second time,
US Airways is in bankruptcy. Tuesday, ANN reported the bankruptcy
judge, who called the airline's financial situation a "ticking time
bomb," allowed the company to cut worker pay by 21-percent.
But the damage could just as easily have been caused by
something completely unrelated. Martinez suggested the aircraft
might have kicked up gravel, which penetrated the bellies of the
planes on take-off or landing.
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