North Carolina air-traffic controller arrested for possessing explosive device

Ruben Ruiz
November 12, 2017

An air traffic controller at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and another man were arrested Friday on charges related to possessing a weapon of mass destruction.

Dandan has been charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, acquiring a weapon of mass destruction and transporting a weapon of mass destruction.

According to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Paul George Dandan was released from jail Saturday morning. The weapon in question was a homemade pipe bomb, authorities said.

CMPD's bomb squad confirmed the device was a homemade pipe bomb.

During the investigation, police determined that Fells had made the device.

Police did not say how Dandan and Fells knew each other, nor did they say why Fells gave the device to Dandan, or why Dandan accepted it.

WCNC reported that the Bureau does not expect federal charges to be filed against Dandan.

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Around 10:30 a.m. on November 3, police officers responded to a 911 call about someone housing a homemade explosive, later determined to be a homemade pipe bomb.

Dandan was sacked from his position at Charlotte Douglas International Airport following his arrest, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Fells has been charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction and three counts of manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction.

Investigators have yet to reveal what kind of weapon was in Dandan's possession.

A police statement indicates Dandan did not have access to restricted areas of the airport in his capacity as an air traffic controller and only worked inside an offsite tower.

A representative with the Federal Aviation Administration noted that Dandan's airport access credentials were revoked following his arrest.

Records show that Dandan was arrested in Charlotte in March 2015 for the misdemeanor offense of "assault on a female".

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