A live missile was found inside a container at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Florida last weekend which led to temporary evacuation of the airport.
The live missile was found by the contractors of private aggressor company Draken International to which the container belonged. According to officials, the containers usually have inert missiles in them but this one was live, but not armed.
The missile was reportedly a French Matra Super 530 air-to-air missile. Draken, which is based at the airport, has a fleet of about 150 former military aircraft which fly adversary air mission in support of military pilot training.
The guided missile was secured by U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians from nearby MacDill Air Force Base (AFB). According to base officials, the missile is currently sitting in a munition storage facility on base awaiting proper disposal.
“This weekend we received a call that a contractor at Lakeland Linder Airport had discovered a guided missile. Our 6th EOD team helped secure it with the help of ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives], the Lakeland Fire Department, and our 6th LRS [Logistics Readiness Squadron] team who provided a flatbed semi for transportation,” said a statement by MacDill AFB.