BUT small the plane that circled for hours Saturday morning over Tupelo, Mississippi and surrounding areas landed in field in Ripley, Mississippi, the Federal Aviation Administration said. A source told the CNN pilot, who police said they threatened crash in stolen plane to Tupelo Walmart, it’s in guarded.
“Thank you that the situation was resolved and that it wasn’t. one was injured,” Governor Tate Reeves said in tweet. “Thanks a lot of everything for local, state and federal law enforcement who dealt with this situation with exceptional professionalism.”
The Tupelo police were notified at 5 am local time when the pilot made contact with 911 issuing a threat, Tupelo police said.
“With mobility of airplane of who are gaining danger the zone is much larger than even Tupelo,” the police said. in a news release earlier on Saturday morning.
The plane – a Beechcraft King Air 90, according to the FAA – was stolen, a source told CNN.
The pilot was the only person on board when the plane landed a few miles to the northwest of Ripley Airport, according to the FAA. in statement.
The pilot took off from Tupelo Regional Airport. in Tupelo, Mississippi this morning and area”, the FAA said in a statement. in statement. Federal Aviation Administration says he is investigating the incident.
Roxanne Ward, 42, told CNN that the plane had landed. behind the Gravestown Fire Station next to her home around 10:20
“He landed pretty hard,” she said.
Video she shared with CNN shows in small the aircraft was practically undamaged in field with law enforcement surrounded the pilot.
Ward heard an approaching plane and ran over her father-in-laws house hide in cellar, she said. “That’s when we heard the knock.
At about 8:30 am local time, the plane was north of Stupid, the police said. in previously update.
Tupelo Walmart store is “currently closed and evacuated.” – Charles Crowson director of A Walmart press office told CNN earlier while the plane was in the air.
“We work closely with local investigators and refer questions to law enforcement,” he said. added.
FBI field office in Jackson, Mississippi was involved in Response to the incident, a spokesman said.
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