Armed Pilot Shoots Plane

Pilot’s gun discharges on US Airways flight

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– A gun carried by a US Airways pilot accidentally discharged during a flight from Denver to Charlotte Saturday, according to a statement released by the airline.

At first glance, you might think that the pilot was stupid. And it is a possibility. The real and greater stupidity are the procedures that fully trained and qualified pilots have to go through every time they enter or leave the cockpit – even if they are going to the bathroom.

Remember that on 9/11/01 the hijackers used the plane itself as a weapon. We trust the pilot with that potential weapon, yet we don’t permit him to use common sense when handling something as mundane as a pistol?

The TSA is actually the cause of this accident, even if the pilot had something to do with it. Their method of securing the pistol is to put a padlock THROUGH the trigger guard. Nothing should ever be inside the trigger guard unless you want the firearm to go off, which is exactly what it did.

More info about the pistol, holster, padlock and procedures can be found at CrimefileNews. They even have a write-up after this ‘accident’ as well.

UPDATE:

There’s a video on youtube that gives a very good demonstration of just how this would happen.

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Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 1:53 am  Leave a Comment  

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