UPDATE: The pilot landed the plane in a Mississippi field. He’s been take into custody. The suspect is identified as a 29-year-old man who worked at a nearby airport.
UPDATE: There are fears the pilot may be headed to Memphis.
DEVELOPING STORY: The pilot of a large plane is threatening to divebomb the aircraft into a Tupelo, Mississippi Walmart.
“At this time the situation is ongoing with TPD and all Emergency Services in our area on alert,” Tupelo Police said in a news release Saturday morning. “With the mobility of an airplane of that type the danger zone is much larger than even Tupelo.”The Tupelo Walmart store is “currently closed and evacuated,” Charles Crowson, director of the Walmart Press Office, tells CNN.
Police say the plane may have been stolen and it’s been circling Tupelo for more than two hours.
The Daily Journal has confirmed the pilot of the plane is an employee of Tupelo Regional Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to ABC News that they are aware of the situation and are coordinating with local law enforcement.
Evacuations across the city are under way.
BREAKING: An airplane in Tupelo is threatening to crash in to Tupelo Walmart this morning. Avoid area. Here is video of the actual airplane, a fairly large one. pic.twitter.com/2ppgg1sE1S— Mississippi Sports (@SocialSportsMs) September 3, 2022
BREAKING: The pilot of a plane in Mississippi is threatening to “intentionally” crash his aircraft into a Walmart store, the Tupelo Police Department says.https://t.co/ntJokYHQAH— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 3, 2022
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Pilot over Tupelo, MS is threatening to crash his plane into Walmart this morning. Evacs underway. You can’t track him anymore but here’s what his flying looked like. Scary situation to wake up to. pic.twitter.com/e3aHbfJPLz— Zach Holder (@ZachHolderWx) September 3, 2022