CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - An air traffic controller at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and another man were arrested Friday accused of having a weapon of mass destruction.
Paul George Dandan, 30, is charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring a weapon of mass destruction and transporting a weapon of mass destruction. Police say Dandan, an air traffic controller at Charlotte-Douglas, had a homemade pipe bomb he got from another man.
That other man, 39-year-old Derrick Fells, admitted to police that he made the bomb to "use it against a neighbor" with whom he had an ongoing dispute. According to the official report, Fells "changed his mind" and gave the bomb to Dandan.
Fells was charged with three counts of manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction and one count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction.
The Federal Aviation Administration said that Dandan "only had access to the offsite Air Traffic Control Tower and had no access to the restricted areas of the terminal or ramp. He did not have access to any aircraft at the Airport."
The FAA also confirmed that they had "terminated [Dandan's] access to the facility and is investigating."
Law enforcement sources confirmed that the FBI is involved in the investigation as well.
Dandan was taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail and placed under a $45,000 secured bond.
Dandan's attorneys, Ron Frey and David Lange, released a statement on Monday:
No further information has been released.
According to the FBI, a weapon of mass destruction is defined as: