Pilot Threatens To Crash Plane Into Walmart In America.
- Local authorities did not share any details about the identity of the pilot or the pilot’s motive.
A pilot threatened to crash his small plane into a Walmart store in Tupelo, northern Mississippi, in the United States on Saturday.
The Washington Post report of the incident said it created panic among residents in the area as the pilot did not state any reasons for his irrational behavior.
Authorities said they received the threat around 5.00 am local time in the US.
Police officials said the aircraft was a small craft that seats about six passengers.
People living within the neighborhood of Tupelo Walmart area, in northern Mississippi also took note of a hovering aircraft over the region for close to 5 hours, recording videos of the incident with their smartphones.
The police said,
“The pilot has made contact with E911 and is threatening to intentionally crash into Walmart on West Main,”
Residents were asked to avoid the area surrounding the local Walmart and Dodges’ convenience store until the situation was resolved.
A Walmart spokesperson said that the store was evacuated and closed.
However, the Governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves wrote on Twitter that security agencies have now taken control of the situation.
Reeves tweeted this saying,
“The plane over North MS is down. Thankful the situation has been resolved and that no one was injured. Thank you most of all to local, state, and federal law enforcement who managed this situation with extreme professionalism.”
See Tweet below;
The plane over North MS is down. Thankful the situation has been resolved and that no one was injured. Thank you most of all to local, state, and federal law enforcement who managed this situation with extreme professionalism.
— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) September 3, 2022
Benton County Sheriff Dispatcher Connie Strickland said the plane landed and the subject was in law enforcement custody.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane landed in a field several miles northwest of Ripley Airport in Ripley, Mississippi.
Local authorities did not share any details about the identity of the pilot or the pilot’s motive, but they said that they had been speaking with the aviator directly.