Pilot ‘threatening to crash into Walmart’ in Mississippi, say police
At approximately 11am UK time (5am US time), officers from the Tupelo Police Department were notified to a possible threat by a pilot.
According to officers, the plane, believed to be a King Air propeller type, has been circiling the area at low altitude.
Police said they have made contact with the pilot directly and have evacuated the Walmart and nearby shops.
A statement read: “On 09-03-2022 at approximately 05:00am 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.
“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.”
“State law enforcement and emergency managers are closely tracking this dangerous situation,” Gov. Tate Reeves wrote on Twitter.
“All citizens should be on alert and aware of updates from the Tupelo Police Department.”