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Good Look at US Airways Bullet-Hole

This WSOC slideshow provides the best look yet at the bullet-hole. To me, that is more a side entry point than a top — especially if you take banking on approach into account.

But let’s see what the FBI has to say about the source of the round once they examine it.

4 Responses to “Good Look at US Airways Bullet-Hole”

  • Mar
    31
    2011

    Very strange. The standard ILS approach to CLT captures the glideslop at 6000 ft, i.e. all banking takes place at or above that altitude. That’s about 5100 feet above the terrain at a minimum, making it a very very long shot if it was horizontal, since the shallow angle would add considerably to the already long range of the shot. There really aren’t a lot of common ammunition types that will do that. Up and down might well make more sense it could have happened when the airplane was on the ground, bringing it well within the range of even .40 S&W rounds.

  • Mar
    31
    2011

    Looks like it came WAY too close to hitting a window. But think about it: if it had hit the window, that would’ve helped solve the mystery… but then the bullet could have hurt someone – or many people.

  • Mar
    31
    2011

    This is gonna be one hell of a physics problem for someone if it DOES turn out to be a .40 S&W or similar pistol round. There would be finite distance from which such an up-and-down shot would be possible. I just don’t know how anything –including the CMPD range — could be ruled out. Recall that they had trouble owning up to ADs before — now one straight up in the air would be a serious problem.

  • Apr
    01
    2011

    They don’t have to rule out the CMPD range, they just have to “classify” the report!

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