A pilot for Piedmont Airlines has been charged by authorities for bringing a loaded gun on to a flight in Buffalo bound for New York City.
‘The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged 52-year-old Brett Dieter of Barboursville, Va., with possessing a concealed firearm. A screener spotted the .357 Magnum before Dieter boarded Friday at Buffalo Niagara International Airport [BUF].
Dieter was to pilot a Piedmont Airlines flight to LaGuardia International Airport. [LGA]‘
Authorities think Dieter has been flying with the gun since last Wednesday.
Pilots cannot carry weapons on airliners unless they members of the Flight Deck Officer Program. Dieter is not a member.
Piedmont is a subsidiary of US Airways.