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Gun magazine found on Southwest plane from Burbank

November 23, 2010 |  3:11 pm

A loaded gun magazine was found Tuesday on a Southwest Airlines flight from Burbank to Phoenix after a law enforcement agent misplaced it on a previous flight.

A customer noticed the ammunition on the floor of the 120-passenger Boeing 737 and handed it over to a flight attendant, said Paul Flaningan, a spokesman for the airline.

When the plane landed at Sky Harbor Airport, it was met at the gate by agents from the Transportation Security Administration and officers from the Phoenix Police Department.

After an investigation, it was determined that the magazine was left behind by a law enforcement officer who was on a previous flight. The officer had followed protocol for boarding the plane with a firearm, including declaring the weapon and dismantling it, but at some point during the flight he dropped the magazine, Flaningan said.

The Phoenix Police Department made contact with the agent, who confirmed he was missing the magazine, Flaningan said. His name and the agency he works for were not released.

Passengers who were to board a connecting flight at the airport were rescreened, and the plane was checked for weapons.

-- Stephen Ceasar