FedEx pi­lot held in China for sus­pected weapons smug­gling

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Bei­jing: Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties in the city of Guangzhou de­tained a US pi­lot for FedEx Corp last week on sus­pi­cion of smug­gling weapons and am­mu­ni­tion af­ter find­ing sus­pected air gun pel­lets in his lug­gage, the for­eign min­istry said on Friday.

The man, iden­ti­fied by the Wall Street Jour­nal as for­mer US air force pi­lot Todd Hohn, ar­rived in Guangzhou hav­ing pi­loted a FedEx freighter air­craft into the city on Septem­ber 11, for­eign min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

On the morn­ing of Septem­ber 12, cus­toms at Guangzhou air­port found and seized a sus­pected box of 681 air gun pel­lets in the lug­gage of the pi­lot, Geng said, adding he had been due to fly to Hong Kong that day. He was later re­leased from cus­tody, sub­ject to pro­vi­sion of a surety, pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion for the sus­pected smug­gling of weapons, Geng said. The Jour­nal said Hohn wasn’t be­ing al­lowed to leave China un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cludes.

Hohn couldn’t be reached for a com­ment, and calls to the Guangzhou po­lice weren’t an­swered. FedEx said it was “work­ing with the ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­i­ties to gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the facts”.

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