Gunshot in flight

I’m not entirely sure how a gun accidentally discharges in general, but it sure does worry me when it happens on an airplane. Some pilots are armed under the Federal Flight Deck Officer program, and apparently there was a accidental discharge of their weapon on a US Air flight Saturday. The plane landed normally, though it was then taken out of service for maintenance.

I’m still stuck on accidental discharge. I don’t know how that happens. Did the guy drop it? Was he playing with it while on auto-pilot? I’m sure that we won’t every hear all the answers, but the situation is pretty freaky.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Yeah…it gets a little worse with the update that it happened on final approach. That means the pressure differential wasn’t a big deal (and the small hole wouldn’t be catastrophic anyways), but also that they were pretty close to actually landing the plane when they probably got quite a surprise. I wouldn’t want them to flinch or jerk their hands at that point in the flight!

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