Officer's Gun Clip Found on Flight from Burbank to Phoenix

Passengers on flight 1297 were taken off and rescreened

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010  |  Updated 1:44 PM PDT
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Officer's Gun Clip Found on Flight from Burbank to Phoenix

Authorities are investigating reports that a passenger may have found a loaded gun magazine on a Southwest Airlines flight en route to Phoenix from Burbank Airport.

A passenger aboard a Southwest Airlines flight found a loaded ammunition clip from a police officer's service revolver during a flight from Burbank, Calif., to Phoenix.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Paul Flaningan says that after the passenger found the clip in flight Tuesday, he handed it over to the flight crew.

The plane landed safely in Phoenix and passengers on Flight 1297 were taken off and rescreened. The plane was also searched and no other weapons were found.

The passenger was met by TSA and Phoenix police at Sky Harbor International Airport and questioned.

Flaningan says the clip apparently was dropped accidentally by a licensed law enforcement officer who declared he had the clip. The law enforcement officer was on a previous flight.

It's not clear how long the ammunition clip was on the plane or the caliber.

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