Aviation

Airline pilot leaves gun behind on plane

Delta Air Lines is reviewing an incident where one of its pilots left a gun in the cockpit of a plane.

The handgun was found by an airline ground worker last month, and Delta declined to identify the pilot or say whether they faced punishment for the incident, according to the Associated Press (AP).

A Delta spokesperson told Travel Weekly that the airline’s ground crews followed procedures and turned over to law enforcement an item that was found in the flight deck after the flight’s arrival.

“Delta is working with relevant authorities in their handling of this case and will conduct its own review,” the spokesperson said.

The United States’ Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it was “aware of an incident at the Atlanta Airport involving agency issued equipment,” adding that the public was never in danger.

The AP noted that airline pilots who pass special training are issued guns and deputised by the TSA to protect their planes against attack and piracy.

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