Loaded Gun in Airport: Emergency Sparked at Newark Airport as TSA Find Loaded Weapon

A loaded gun has been found in Newark airport, sparking a security alert among TSA staff. A man has been arrested in relation to the incident, although he has claimed it was all a mistake and he simply forgot that he was carrying that gun in his bag.

The incident took place at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, when a 59 year old man, later identified as Robert Kellerman, was arrested just after 6 a.m. when a gun was found inside his carry on luggage.

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(Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn)A TSA worker loads suitcases at the checked luggage security screening station at Los Angeles International Airport September 7, 2011, as part of new security enhancements in the ten years following the September 11 attacks.

According to reports, TSA screeners identified a .22 caliber hand gun at a hand luggage check point in Terminal C at the airport. When confronted with the fund, the man reportedly told authorities that he has simply "forgotten" that the gun was in his bag and he never intended to bring it with him on board the plane.

Despite his claims, such was the seriousness of his alleged mistake, Kellerman has been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.

The news come just days after a small plane crashed in central Florida, leaving three people dead. The Cessna 310 aircraft went down Thursday afternoon and emergency responders located the wreckage about 20 miles west of Vero Beach on Friday morning after the plane was reported missing.

When emergency responders arrived at the crash site they discovered three casualties, but their identities have yet to be made public.

The Federal Aviation Administration stated that the pilot had dropped communication with an aviation control tower in Miami around 4:35 p.m. on Thursday.

To complicate recovery efforts the aircraft went down within the Fort Drum Conservation Area, and access to the marshy swamp area was severely limited to boats and helicopters.