North Carolina air traffic controller arrested for possession of home-made bomb

Paul George Dandan (L), Derrick Fells (R) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (inset) where Paul Dandan worked.

A North Carolina air traffic controller was one of two suspects arrested after being found in possession of a homemade pipe bomb.

FBI agents confirmed 30-year-old Paul Dandan was taken into custody Friday at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

Police first responded to call from a neighbor last week in Charlotte citing an individual who had been holding an explosive device.

Dandan was arrested while working at the airport after authorities found the pipe bomb as well as other weapons inside his home.

It was later confirmed the bomb had been built by Dandan’s roommate, 39-year-old Derrick Fells to be used in an alleged attack against a neighbor, according to WCNC.

“Investigators allege that Fells changed his mind and gave away the bomb to Dandan,” the report said. 

Aside from the said charge, Dandan was also charged with acquiring a weapon of mass destruction and transporting a weapon of mass destruction.

Fells was charged on 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 would be barred from the airport permanently.

“The FAA has terminated the employee’s access to the facility and is cooperating with law enforcement officials,” the statement read.

“The FAA employee only had access to the offsite air traffic control tower and had no access to the restricted areas of the terminal or ramp,” airport officials added.

“He did not have access to any aircraft at the Airport.”

Dandan was also charged back in 2015 for assaulting a woman, according to the newspaper. 

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