Last updated: 01:56 PM ET, Tue August 23 2016

Police Officer Accidentally Fires Gun on Flight in Spain

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 23, 2016

Police Officer Accidentally Fires Gun on Flight in Spain

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On Saturday, a Vueling Airlines flight was delayed in Spain after a police officer’s gun accidentally went off inside the cabin.

According to the Daily Mirror, Vueling Airlines Flight VY3420 was preparing to take off from Ibiza Airport en route to Adolfo Suarez Madrid–Barajas Airport when the captain asked two police officers on the plane for their guns, as protocol dictates.

One of the police officers went to grab his firearm from his luggage when it accidentally went off inside the suitcase. While the smell of gunpowder filled the cabin, the bullet did no penetrate the case and there were no reported injuries.

The flight was delayed for half an hour as several National Police agents boarded the flight to investigate. Engineers also inspected the plane to ensure there was no damage in the cabin.

The plane was eventually cleared for takeoff without further incident. A spokesperson for Vueling said the accident was “minor” and that police officers followed the necessary security procedures.


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