Pilot threatens to crash into a Walmart, Tupelo, Miss., police say – The Washington Post
A plane started circling over Tupelo, Mississippi, about 5 a.m., but later flew away and was circling over another community nearby.
The small plane that circled for hours over Tupelo, Mississippi and surrounding areas landed in a field in Ripley, Mississippi, the FAA said. The pilot is currently in custody, and no one was injured from the incident.
The pilot of a potentially stolen Beechcraft King Air 90 made contact with 911, issuing a threat, and the plane landed several miles northwest of Ripley Airport, the FAA said.
A Walmart store in Tupelo was evacuated, and the FBI was involved in the incident.
Authorities evacuated a Walmart and a Dodges eatery and gas station located near the shopping center, and reopened roads as the pilot headed northeast of Tupelo.
The pilot of the aircraft was thought to be a worker at a local airport. Authorities are working with multiple agencies to determine a motive.
The suspect moved from Tupelo to an area near a Toyota factory, which was confirmed by images from flight tracking websites.
After the pilot landed in a field and survived the landing, he was taken into custody by Sheriff Robby Goolsby once he reached the ground. However, it remains unclear what was behind his motive.
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