Bullet Pierces Plane

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 8:42am

Investigators believe shooting was accidental.

Investigators have confirmed that the hole found in the fuselage of a US Airways plane Monday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport was caused by a bullet.

Now the FBI is trying to figure out where the bullet came from and if it was intentional or accidental.

The bullet was likely from a .40 caliber rifle.

Crews inspecting the plane found the bullet intact.

Because of the location of the hole, investigators believe that someone shot a rifle in the air and the bullet struck the plane as it headed back down toward the ground.

According to a representative from US Airways, a pilot found the small hole in the fuselage of a Boeing 737 during a pre-flight inspection in Charlotte Monday afternoon.

"It’s our job to look for any kind of damage," said US Airways Captain James Ray about conducting pre-flight checks before every flight.

He was not on the flight with the bullet hole.

The hole did not go through to the cabin.

The plane landed in Charlotte from Philadelphia at about 4 p.m. Monday without any problems.

The hole was not on the plane, or at least wasn’t discovered in Philadelphia.

The plane did not have any problems during the flight and no one was injured.

"As for the public's concern about a single bullet hole bringing down an entire airplane, it's not going to happen. The size of a bullet hole probably wouldn't even affect the pressurization of an airplane,” said Ray.

The plane has been taken out of service as the FBI investigates.
 

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