Police evacuate stores in Mississippi after a ‘stolen’ pilot threatened to crash into a Walmart
BREAKING: Police evacuate warehouses in Mississippi after pilot threatens ‘stolen’ plane to crash into Walmart
- Authorities evacuated a Wal-Mart store in Mississippi after threats were made by an unidentified pilot
- The 9-seater plane was taken from Tupelo Airport at about 5 a.m. and transferred Flying in circles over the city
- Citizens have been warned to avoid the area until everything is given by emergency services
Police evacuated several stores in Tupelo, Mississippi, after a pilot threatened to crash their plane at a Walmart.
The pilot is understood to have boarded the plane from Tupelo Airport around 5 a.m., and has been flying over the small town in circles for more than an hour.
The authorities have evacuated the area, dispersed as many people as possible, and are urging local residents to stay out of the way.
The Tupelo Police Department said it was in contact with the pilot who threatened to intentionally crash a Beechcraft King Air 90.
In a statement, they said: ‘At approximately 05:00 a.m., TPD was notified that a pilot of an aircraft was flying over Tupelo.
The 9-seater plane was taken off from Tupelo Airport at about 5 a.m. and was flying in circles over the city
The Tupelo Police Department says it is in contact with the pilot who threatens to intentionally crash a Beechcraft King Air 90.
The pilot has called E911 and is threatening to deliberately crash into a Walmart in West Maine.
TPD worked with Wal-Mart West and Dodges in West Main to clear stores and disperse people as much as my business.
TPD was also able to start speaking with the pilot directly.
At this time, the situation is ongoing with TPD and all emergency services in our area are on alert.
Citizens are asked to avoid this area until everything is cleared up. With the mobility of an aircraft of this type, the danger zone is much larger even than a Tupelo.
The authorities have cleared the area, dispersed as many people as possible and are urging local residents to stay out of the way.
The aircraft is understood to be owned by Southeast Aviation LLC, and seats nine with twin engines.
Governor Tate Reeves said: “State law enforcement and emergency managers are closely tracking this serious situation.
“All citizens should be alert and aware of updates from the Tupelo Police Department.”
A Walmart spokesperson told DailyMail.com: The store is currently closed and has been vacated.
“We work closely with local investigators and refer questions to law enforcement.”