Bomb-Sniffing Dog Discovers Hellfire Missiles On Flight Bound For United States

The dog made the discovery as cargo was being transported onto another plane.

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This U.S. Navy-trained sniffer dog is looking for drugs. Via United States Navy/Wikipedia
John Virata

A pair of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles were discovered March 12 by a bomb-sniffing dog in the cargo from an Air Serbia flight that was bound for Portland, Oregon. The discovery was made after the flight, which originated in Beirut, Lebanon, had landed at the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport in Serbia.

The missiles were reportedly packaged in wooden crates with documentation and were apparently due to be transported onto another plane when the sniffer dog made the discovery, according to Sky News.

Hellfire missiles are American made weapons that can be launched from land, sea, and air. Via Stahlkocher/Wikipedia

The Lebanese army said the missiles were used for training and were not live and didn’t contain any explosives. According to the news report, both U.S. and Lebanese officials were aware of the shipment and that it didn’t pose any threat to the public. The FBI in Portland is looking into the discovery but said no information was available at this time, Sky News reports.

The Hellfire missile, which is formally known as the Helicopter Launched, Fire and Forget Missile, is an American-made weapon that can be fired from helicopters, rotary and fixed wing aircraft, water-based vessels and on land.

Sniffer dogs are trained to detect a variety of contraband, including drugs, weapons, human cadavers, and even smuggled wildlife for the illegal pet trade.

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