Pilot Threatens To Crash Plane In US City, Residents Evacuated

Authorities say a small plane has landed safely in a Mississippi field after a man stole it, flew erratically and at one point threatened to crash into a Walmart.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced on Twitter that the “situation has been resolved and that no one was injured.” The plane landed and the subject was taken into custody, according to Benton County Sheriff Dispatcher Connie Strickland.

The pilot of the plane has been charged with grand larceny and making terroristic threats, Tupelo police chief John Quaka said at a press conference Saturday afternoon. Quaka said the man didn't have a pilot's license but had some flight instruction.


Earlier Saturday, Reeves had warned residents near Tupelo, Mississippi, to "be on alert" after police said a person flying a small plane over the town threatened to crash into a Walmart.

Officials almost persuaded Patterson to land the plane safely in Tupelo, even though he said that he didn't know how to land, Quaka said at a Saturday afternoon press conference. Officials even called in a private pilot to assist. But Patterson abandoned that plan, Quaka said, and instead flew north, eventually bringing the aircraft to ground level

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