Sources: Hole in US Airways jet caused by bullet
This US Airways 737 was grounded in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday after a small hole was found in its fuselage.
March 29th, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Sources: Hole in US Airways jet caused by bullet

A hole in a US Airways jet that landed in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday was caused by a bullet, two government sources tell CNN.

The sources say a bullet has been recovered inside the Boeing 737-400.

The aircraft had flown to Charlotte from Philadelphia and was being prepped for another flight on Monday when the pilot discovered the hole above a passenger window toward the back of the plane, according to airline officials. The airline pulled the plane from service and called in the FBI.

"We do not believe it's terrorism related," said one of the government sources. "It appears to be a random event. We do not believe the plane was targeted."

One source told CNN that officials believe the bullet was fired in Charlotte after passengers had exited the aircraft.

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  1. Herbert

    Gotta love Patty, serious fits so well. At a girl Patty!

    March 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Ok Herbert No PDA: public displays of affection...move along you read patty...

      March 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. L64

    I would think the hole got there after landing and disembarking otherwise it would have affected cabin pressure.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Air Marshall

    Ooops... .

    March 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Christmas Story

    Ralphie... . You'll shoot your eye out... .!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    @Patty: it *is* a public forum, and just as you have a right to say what you want, so do we. Don't like it? Skip over our posts. They don't concern you, anyway. Have a pleasant evening.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. drap

    I watched a movie called Goldfinger..and the bad guy got sucked thru the bullet hole shot on the plane... .

    March 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ralphie

    Omg! My mom was right! I shot my eye out!

    March 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Col. Bat Guano

    People on the ground shoot at air craft a lot more than you'd think.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Col. Bat Guano

    People on the ground shoot at air craft a lot more than you'd want to believe.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Phillips correct facts

    wow.. Excellent accurate facts of the tax funded mischief machine of all time. Good one phillip.

    March 30, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Les Wester from Weschester

    So. . .if the bullet was fired at the plane while it was in Charlotte, it was likely on the runway. The bullet was above the window. . .not along the bottom of the plane. How could someone on the ground hit the plane at that angle from underneath the plane? And I also question how the bullet damage incurred BEFORE the flight to Philly did not affect cabin pressure? Could it have occurred while on the runway in Philly?

    March 30, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. ole lady

    @2pac. You're really hooked on phonics. I'm surprised you know how to blog since you can spell or speak correctly.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. Concerned Citizen

    I'm also in the same boat as raven. I don't think it was intentionally done to frighten people, but was just some moron near the runway in one of those "I bet you $100 you can't hit that jumbo jet." situations. That being said, this is likely where the investigation will end due to lack of information.

    That or it could have always been a good old-fashioned Los Angeles drive-by. Hehe.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
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