BREAKING: Pilot Who Threatened to Crash Plane Into Walmart Is in Custody

AP Photo/Andres Leighton

A man in a stolen twin-engine 1987 Beech King Air model C90A airplane has been flying around Tupelo, Miss. threatening to crash into a local Walmart on West Main St. Police have evacuated the entire area. Nearby roads and a Dodge’s Eatery were closed as well.

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There are few details other than that the unidentified pilot is said to be an employee at the local Tupelo Regional Airport and that the police were notified of the situation at around 5 am Saturday.

FACT-O-RAMA! The maximum range of a Beech Air King C90A is roughly 1,125 nautical miles.

The pilot of the stolen plane has allegedly landed in a field. His name is said to be Cory Patterson, and he is reported to be uninjured and in police custody. The police did not give a motive behind the pilot’s threats but agreed to release more information “when appropriate.”

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This story will be updated as becomes necessary.

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