Lufthansa Pilot Nabbed with Deadly Slingshots

Posted Apr 13th 2011 01:00 PMUpdated Apr 13th 2011 01:09 PM


A random bag search at Frankfurt Airport in Germany turned up two deadly slingshots and ammunition in a Lufthansa pilot's luggage. The pilot had just flown in from Los Angeles.

The 30-year-old pilot was arrested at the airport and a criminal investigation has been launched, a Frankfurt customs official tells the German newspaper Bild.

The illegal weapons discovered in the pilot's possession included 286 steel ball bearings, which are used as ammunition. News sources report that an investigator said the pilot was trying to bring in "particularly hazardous items which are strictly prohibited under the (German) Arms Act."

The slingshot could "kill people 100 feet away," the investigator added.

A Lufthansa spokeswoman said the airline was helping the investigators with their inquiries. American authorities were outraged that the pilot had abused his position of trust, the newspaper said.

The pilot is potentially in breach of both weapons laws and air safety laws and faces up to three years in prison under German law.

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Funny how identical ammunition and deadly slingshots become "non-violent" tools when used by Palestinians against Israelis?

June 05 2011 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Huxley's Brave New World and Animal Farm and Orwell's evil society have been here for a long time. Do not think that this was written exclusively for totalitarian communist states and regimes. Just remember the cowardly Kent State massacre of unarmed students including girls. Cowardly national guard mercenaries - neighbors in uniform gunning down unarmed neighbors - unarmed students on a campus!! Sounds familiar. Just think of what Ghadaffi did and does How much more cowardly and hypocritical can this country get? Where were the negotiators to speak to these 20 year old students? They are the American heroes, because they dared to stand up unarmed and untrained in warfare against the violent Brave New World consumer and entertainment state of this country. I tell you the soldiers of the American revolution had they lived today would have long turned their weapons at the enemy in high places within.

May 05 2011 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And everyone that is screaming about gun laws....Things are so backwards in Europe because of WWII. These people have traded the right to bare arms as we do for a certain level of security. I know what you are thinking...Nothings more secure than my .357....well thats true in regards to personal security, but they are behaving in accordance to collective security. We American's are continually trading freedoms for liberties.

May 02 2011 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Patricio, if the 3" pebble was launched from a slingshot, it very well could kill. The real issue is German's with weapons! Sorry that is a joke. The U.S. is outraged because its a violation of trust. Although the incident seems menial, the German's have strict regulations on personal weapons and the U.S. authority is only respecting their beliefs. Both sides are reacting appropriately. Yes, a slingshot is a joke to we American's, but hey, to each their own, and this is a German matter.

May 02 2011 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this is just crazy , sling shot get real and which american authoritys were out raged dont believe it. qualify that statement , I am a American I think this Stinks .

April 17 2011 at 11:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Patricio Bridges

Deadly slingshot can kill someone at 100' . I wonder if a 3" pebble from the beach would be considered a can kill someone at 25' ? I think the Germans are over reacting which is easy for a gun toting American like me to say.

April 15 2011 at 11:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

more to the point, pilots should be required to pass a breatholizer alcohol test before getting into the cockpit.

April 13 2011 at 9:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

If I carry a weapon, I want something that makes a loud "bang" sound.

April 13 2011 at 7:54 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Sling shots should be standard issue for pilots in case that they are ever attacked by Russian fighter planes.

April 13 2011 at 7:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Don't understand why pilots can't carry thompsons myself.

April 13 2011 at 7:37 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to janka51's comment

Too big and bulky,AK with folding stock and short barrel much more practical or .357 mag would do.

April 13 2011 at 9:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply