Deputies respond to SMF following bullet discovery on plane

5:54 PM, Mar 6, 2013   |    comments
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  • TSA screeners at Sacramento International Airport found a loaded .45 caliber gun and two magazines inside a man's carry on bag Wednesday morning.

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Sacramento International Airport Wednesday morning after a .22 caliber bullet was found on a Southwest Airlines plane.

Sgt. William Bayless said a flight attendant found the bullet in an aisle during cleanup, while stopping over from San Diego on the way to Portland.

When the sheriff's department was notified, the bullet turned over to authorities and approximately 12 passengers on board were evacuated as a precautionary measure, Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins said.

The plane was then searched and cleared.

The evacuated passengers were re-screened before boarding the plane again and continuing on to Portland, Hawkins said.

"It was a small round. I am guessing someone forgot they had it on their package," Bayless said. "It's not uncommon that someone forgets that someone has it in their luggage."

In a separate incident early Wednesday morning, TSA screeners found a loaded .45 caliber gun and two magazines inside a man's carry on bag.

Screeners stopped the man attempting to board his flight to Burbank.

Investigators said the man did have a concealed weapons permit, but forgot his weapon was loaded and in his carry on. Deputies said they confiscated the gun, but allowed the man to board his flight.

























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