Pilot Finds Hole in Plane’s Fuselage
The FBI trying to discover what caused a small hole in a US Airways plane, which was discovered by a pilot as he checked the aircraft before a flight.
The puncture in the Boeing 737 airliner is the size and shape of a bullet hole, but that doesn’t mean someone shot at the plane, said Amy Thorenson, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Charlotte, North Carolina. Investigators don’t yet know what could have caused the hole, she said.
The aircraft had flown to Charlotte from Philadelphia and was being prepped for another flight 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.
It’s unclear whether the hole appeared before or during that flight or while the airliner was on the ground in Charlotte, but investigators and the airline were operating under the assumption that it happened in flight, Thorenson said.