FedEx pilot held in China for suspected weapons smuggling
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”.