An American man who threatened to crash a stolen plane into the Walmart shopping mall in Mississippi, USA allegedly didn’t have a pilot license nor experience landing planes. The police have revealed.
According to the police, the man flying the plane threatened to crash it into the Walmart shopping mall. He circled the mall a number of times. Later he flew over Holly Springs National Reserve and crash landed safely.
Tate Reeves, Mississippi Governor, confirmed in a tweet that the plane had landed without anyone being injured.
‘Thankfully, the situation has been resolved and no one was injured. Thank you most of all to local, state and federal law enforcement who managed this situation with extreme professionalism,” the Governor wrote.
According to Tupelo Police, Cory Wayne Patterson, 29, was confirmed as the pilot of the plane that threatened to intentionally crash into the Walmart located in West Main.
Cory Patterson has received some flight instruction, however, he did not have any landing experience or pilot license. He was an employee at the airport refueling planes where Beechcraft King Air C90A was parked.
The stolen plane took off from the airport at 5 a.m. and his threats led to the evacuation of Walmart.
Cory Patterson later posted on social media indicating that he ‘never intended’ to hurt anyone.
Patterson is now in custody and being charged for making terroristic threats and grand larceny. The police chief revealed that the man was working at refueling planes at a local airport.
The tower at the airport was not manned when he stole the plane. Police described it as a ‘crime of opportunity.’
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