Gunshot fired in cockpit passed through plane's skin

A bullet fired by a US Airways pilot as his plane was landing in Charlotte penetrated the left side of the cockpit and went completely through the aircraft's exterior shell, according to a report by Charlotte airport police.

The shot was fired at about 11:20 a.m. Saturday, when Flight 1536 from Denver was at an altitude of roughly 8,000 feet and about eight minutes from landing at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. It was carrying 124 passengers and five crew members.

An airport police officer observed that the bullet pierced the left side of cockpit interior and went through the exterior of the Airbus A319, the police report said. The exit point was visible on the left side of the nose of the aircraft.

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