Air traffic controller accused of having bomb appears in court


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Paul Dandan, the air traffic controller at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, accused of having and transporting a weapon of mass destruction appeared in court Monday. 

That weapon was a pipe bomb found at a home on Minitree Ln. in west Charlotte, according to investigators. They say they were tipped off by a 911 call. 

The Federal Aviation Administration, Dandan’s employer, won’t tell us if he has been fired. They will only say that he no longer has access to what they refer to as “the facility.”

The airport has said Dandan could only get into the air traffic controller tower and not restricted areas in the terminal, ramp, or planes. 

Police also arrested Derrick Fells. They say he made the bomb and admitted he was going to use it against a neighbor he’s been arguing with, but Fells changed his mind and gave the pipe bomb to Dandan, according to detectives. 

Dandan’s attorneys released a statement which says: 

There is no allegation of any wrongdoing with respect to Mr. Dandan’s position as an air-traffic controller and no allegation that he intended or attempted to harm any person or property. As an air-traffic controller and volunteer firefighter, he committed himself to the service of others and the community. He cooperated with the authorities during the investigation. As counsel for Mr. Dandan, we look forward to addressing the matter in court.

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