National Security

US Air pilot's gun discharges during flight

A gun carried by a US Airways pilot accidentally discharged during a flight from Denver to Charlotte on Saturday, according to airline and federal officials.

No one was injured, and the aircraft was not in any danger during the flight, but the Transportation Security Administration said the incident is "receiving immediate attention."

The pilot, who wasn't identified, was allowed to carry the firearm under the TSA's Federal Flight Deck Officer program. The program was created after the 9-11 terrorist attacks and allows eligible crew members to use a firearm to defend against an act of criminal violence or air piracy. Those eligible include pilots, flight engineers or navigators. The pilot involved in Saturday's incident last qualified for the TSA program in November.

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