By Keith Laing - 03/29/11 09:40 PM EDT
A hole in the fuselage of US Airways plane that landed this week in Charlotte, N.C. was caused by a bullet, airline officials said Tuesday they suspected.
The plane, a Boeing 737, landed safely in Charlotte after flying from Philadelphia, Pa., but a bullet was found inside the jet. Terrorism is not suspected, reports from Charlotte have said.
"Yesterday when one of our captains was conducting a pre-flight inspection, he noticed a small hole in the exterior of the plane," US Airways spokeswoman Liz Landau told The Hill.
"At that point, we took out the plane out of service out of an abundance of caution," she said.
Officials from the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security could not immediately be reached Tuesday afternoon by The Hill.
The flight had 84 passenger and five crewmembers when it landed in Charlotte.