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Florida airport is evacuated after live French S-530 air-to-air MISSILE is found in a shipping container - and Air Force bomb squad are called to remove it

A contractor who was working at a Florida airport opened up a container to find a live missile. 
The shocking find happened on Friday afternoon at Lakeland Linder International Airport east of Tampa.
It's not known how the missile arrived at the airport which is mainly used for private jets and no longer for any kind of military use. 
Members of the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight at MacDill Air Force Base remove a French air-to-air missile delivered to Draken International at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Florida
Members of the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight at MacDill Air Force Base remove a French air-to-air missile delivered to Draken International at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Florida
Bomb disposal experts from the US Air Force were called in to remove it and brought a flatbed truck with them in order to take the unusual item away
Bomb disposal experts from the US Air Force were called in to remove it and brought a flatbed truck with them in order to take the unusual item away
The container that also had aircraft parts inside belongs to Draken International.  
The firm, which is based at the airport has links with the military and owns a fleet of about 150 former military aircraft it contracts out for training exercises.
After the discovery on Friday, the airport was quickly evacuated and bomb disposal experts from nearby MacDill Air Force Base were called in to remove the warhead which was still live, but not armed. 
'It was like having a gun with bullet in chamber, but on safety. Someone would have to arm the missile to fire it,' said Air Force 1st Lt. Brandon Hanner, a spokesman for the 6th Air Refueling Wing, who spoke to the Military Times. 'It was live, but unarmed.'

It is still unclear exactly how the missile came to be at Lakeland Linder airport
It is still unclear exactly how the missile came to be at Lakeland Linder airport
The guided missile was found sitting in a cargo container at a Florida airport on Friday
The guided missile was found sitting in a cargo container at a Florida airport on Friday
The missile was described as a French-made S-530 air-to-air missile and is not used by the US Military. 
After being called by Lakeland, the 6th Air Refueling Wing’s sent a flatbed truck to pick up the missile.
The crew worked alongside the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and the Lakeland Fire Department who brought it back to the base where it is currently being stored.
The missile will need to be taken off-base in order to be disposed of properly. 
The airport is home to Draken International which contracts out aircraft to the military for training exercises
The airport is home to Draken International which contracts out aircraft to the military for training exercises
'Draken International, in the process of evaluating arriving shipments discovered something questionable and potentially explosive. Adhering to the explosive safety rule of exposing the minimum amount of people for the minimum amount of time to a potential explosive hazard the decision was made to evacuate the facility and its surrounding neighbors and contact the appropriate authorities,' the company wrote in a statement. 
'Draken takes its roll in the community seriously and always wants to ensure it performs safe and reliable operations.'
Fortunately, personnel with the Lakeland Fire Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the EOD team from MacDill safely removed the ordnance. But talk about a MIS-guided missile, amirite? 

1 comment:

  1. Maybe it was a decoy so that another, more massive, shipment of arms could be delivered?

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