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FedEx pilot arrested before commercial flight in China



A FedEx pilot was arrested in China last week after finding items in his checked baggage before boarding a commercial flight, the company confirmed Fox News on Thursday was later released and works with Chinese authorities to understand what happened at the airport in Guangzhou.

  Colonel of the Air Force, Todd Hohn, in the foreground, and pilots of the 97th Air Mobility Wing are being taught in an exercise at Altus Air Force Base, Okla.

Colonel of the Air Force, Todd Hohn, in the foreground, and pilots in action The 97th Air Mobility Wing is informed about an exercise on the Altus Air Force Base in Okla.
(US Air Force over AP)

Scorn was arrested on September 12 after pellets were found in his abandoned sack, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing persons familiar with the incident.

The Chinese authorities are derision of illegally carrying ammunition and, according to The Journal, have opened a criminal investigation.

FedEx said the pilot was later released, but his whereabouts are unknown. The Journal reported that mockery had been transferred to a hotel and could only leave mainland China after the investigation was completed.

"We are working with relevant authorities to better understand the facts," a company spokeswoman said in a statement to Fox News.

FEDEX CEO SAYS SHIPPING RULES CREATING IMPOSSIBLE BURDEN ON THE COMPANY: "WE ARE EXPECTED TO BE THE POLICY" in trade tensions between the United States and China.

FedEx chief Fred Smith this week blamed uncertainty in retail on slowing global economic growth. FedEx shares fell 12.9 percent on Wednesday – the worst day since 2008 – after a disappointing quarterly profit and a lower full year earnings estimate in Memphis, Tennessee.

Earlier this year, Chinese tech giant Huawei complained about deliveries misled by FedEx. Shortly thereafter, in June, FedEx sued the Commerce Department to stop enforcing export rules that restrict supplies to Huawei and other companies. Huawei is on a list of companies that are prohibited from obtaining US technology without a special license from the Department of Commerce.

The Associated Press has contributed to this report.


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