Pilot in Mississippi threatens to strike Walmart store with a ‘stolen’ aircraft

Police said in the statement: “On 09-03-2022 at approximately 05:00 am, TPD was notified that a pilot of an airplane (possibly King Air type) was flying over Tupelo. The pilot has made contact with E911 and is threatening to intentionally crash into Wal-Mart on West Main.”

“TPD has worked with Wal-Mart West and Dodges on West Main to evacuate the stores and disperse people as much as practical. TPD also has been able to begin talking with the pilot directly.”

“At this time the situation is ongoing with TPD and all Emergency Services in our area on alert,” further noted the statement.

“Citizens are asked to avoid that area until an all clear is given. With the mobility of an airplane of that type the danger zone is much larger than even Tupelo.”

In the meantime, officers are taking all precautions and have been trying to clear the area of the supposed crash. They are also communicating with the pilot, who thus far has been reported to be flying at a low altitude and circling the Walmart.

New media reports have also surfaced claiming the plane is believed to have also headed toward an area near a Toyota factory in nearby Blue Springs. Meanwhile, flight tracking websites appear to confirm the reports.

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