• Charges dropped against air traffic controller accused of having pipe bomb

    By: Mark Becker


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charges were dropped against an air traffic controller suspected of being in possession of a pipe bomb in his house in November 2017.

    At the time, the Federal Aviation Administration terminated Paul Dandan’s access to the Charlotte Douglas airport. He also lost his job as an air traffic controller.

    “From the start, Paul has denied any wrongdoing in this case, and we've always said we've looked forward to addressing this in court,” his attorney, Ron Frey, told Channel 9.

    Prosecutors said in a written explanation that the man arrested with Dandan, who was accused of making the explosive and giving it to Dandan to keep it away from his own children, had died.

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    His testimony died with him.

    Dandan, from the beginning, denied that he intended to use to the device to hurt anyone.

    Prosecutors concluded, "There is no evidence that this defendant intended to use it as a weapon in any way."

    “Obviously, we're very pleased with the decision to dismiss the charges and as a respected firefighter, paramedic and EMT and air traffic controller, Paul looks forward to moving on with his life,” Frey said.

    Channel 9 reporter Mark Becker asked Frey if Dandon will try to get his job back.

    “Well, this is the first step in the process,” Frey said. “I mean, obviously, this case just ended. That remains to be seen.”

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