CMPD Investigating Possible Airport Security Breach

CMPD Investigating Possible Airport Security Breach

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Posted: 11:06 am EST December 15, 2010Updated: 1:12 pm EST December 15, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is organizing a task force to investigate how a teenager may have gained access to a commercial airplane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.Delvonte Tisdale’s mangled body was found Nov. 15 in Milton, Mass. Last week, officials in Massachusetts confirmed that they think Tisdale stowed away in the wheel well of a Boeing 737 flight from Charlotte to Boston. The neighborhood where his body was found is in the flight path of planes headed to Logan International Airport.Aviation Director Jerry Orr requested that CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe have the department conduct an investigation, the airport said in a release issued Tuesday.The department said it will create a task force to conduct the investigation. It will meet this week to “determine the scope and depth” of the investigation, the department said. It will work with federal agencies, airport tenants and the airport.Norfolk, Mass., District Attorney William Keating said in a news conference last week that the investigation into Tisdale’s death points to a “major breach of airport security.” Aviation grease was found on Tisdale’s pants, and hand prints found in the wheel well of a plane that made the Charlotte-Boston flight on Nov. 15 are thought to be his, he said.

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