A pilot who threatened to ‘intentionally crash into Walmart’ on West Main in Tupelo, a city in northeastern Mississippi in the United States, crashed his plane and was taken into custody, according to informations.
Police were in talks with the pilot but gave no information on the person’s identity or motive.
The pilot reportedly flew the small plane, a Beechcraft King Air 90, from Tupelo Airport. It’s a nine-seater with two engines.
Earlier, the Tupelo Police Department asked citizens to avoid this area until everything is clear.
Currently we have a 29 year old man who stole this plane and is threatening to crash it into something. Police, ambulances and fire trucks are everywhere. Everything is stopped rn pic.twitter.com/AzebdIa3tP
— City King (@CityKing_Gank_) September 3, 2022
“With the mobility of an aircraft of this type, the danger zone is much larger than Tupelo,” police said in a statement.
All emergency services have been put on alert, he said.
A map from the FlightAware website showed what appeared to be the plane’s path – an erratic zigzag pattern centered around Tupelo, a city of around 40,000 people known as the birthplace of the “king of rock and roll”. Elvis Presley.
“State law enforcement and emergency officials are closely monitoring this dangerous situation,” Gov. Tate Reeves said earlier.
(With AFP inputs)