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Apparent Bullet Hole Discovered in TWA Jet on Landing

March 02, 1997| Associated Press

DANIA, Fla. — A maintenance worker inspecting a TWA jet just after it landed Thursday found what appeared to be a bullet hole in the tail.

TWA Flight 680, carrying 126 passengers and crew from St. Louis to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, landed at around 1:30 p.m. with no problems, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Shortly afterward, a maintenance worker doing a routine inspection discovered the hole in the tail section, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. She said police made the preliminary determination that it was a bullet hole.

There was no indication how the hole got there, Bergen said.

John McDonald, spokesman for Trans World Airlines, said Thursday night that the hole wasn't there when a crew inspected the Boeing 727 before it left Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

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