A US Airways pilot accidentally discharged his gun in the cockpit during a flight from Denver to Charlotte, N.C., according to the Transportation Safety Administration.
The round was discharged by the pilot in the left seat and did not result in depressurization, according to government aviation sources.
The Airbus A319 landed safely after the incident Saturday and without any injuries to the 124 passengers on board, a spokesperson for the TSA told ABCNEWS.com today.
The pilot was a member of TSA’s Federal Flight Deck Officer program, which trains and licenses pilots to carry a gun on the flight deck.
As the Supreme Court considers whether there’s a constitutional right to bear arms, I hope we all, pilots, legislators, judges, hunters and survivalist gun-nuts remember that mistakes happen, and there are places where the cost of an error is pretty high. A cockpit is one such place. Pilots have a job that’s tough enough. They don’t need to be messing around with guns, shooting out windows, or trying to depressurize the cabin.