The pilot of an airplane that tried to fly into a Retail store in Mississippi has safely landed and been taken into custody, according to Governor Tate Reeves. The pilot did not sustain any injuries during the landing.
On Saturday, Reeves expressed his gratitude on Twitter for the fact that this had been addressed and nobody hurt.
The identification of a pilot that had been flying unpredictably over the downtown area of Tupelo and the surrounding area for approximately 5 hours has not been made public, till now, nor has any information regarding a possible motivation for the pilot’s actions been disclosed.
Earlier, the pilot placed a call to an emergency operator at Tupelo’s 911 service and “threatened to purposely fly into a Walmart,” as per a statement issued by the police department of the city.
People were told to keep away from the area of the department store, and the petrol station and both were evacuated.
The Tupelo Police Department issued a warning, stating that “with the maneuverability of an airplane of that sort, the danger radius is substantially bigger.”
Two people who have been informed on the matter told Real News Cast that the authorities believe the aircraft, a Single – engine King Air C90A accommodating 7 to 11 passengers, was stolen, and that they will be continuing to work to assess if the operator/pilot who threatened to crash it is a worker of a regional airport.
The aircraft had seating for 7 to 11 passengers.
The inquiry is being conducted by a number of federal entities, one of which is the Agency of Homeland Security, which is attempting to determine the motivation behind the incident.
The FAA was aware of the flight, according to a spokeswoman for the agency, and they are currently organizing their investigation with local law enforcement.
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