A passenger checking his firearm for shipment at the Salt Lake International Airport unintentionally fired the gun. The bullet hit the pavement and bullet fragments hit a skycap worker in the foot.
The passenger said he thought the Glock semi-automatic handgun was unloaded. The airport superintendent of operations said there is a set procedure for checking firearms at the airport.
"It has to be in a hardened, locked case with the weapon cleared and the ammunition stored separately. In this case, the procedure was not followed correctly."
According to news reports a witness hearing the gun shot "felt a few moments of fear and concern, saying a gunshot at the airport certainly grabs your attention."