US pilot lands plane after threatening to crash into Walmart | Crime News

The identity of the pilot, who circled an area in the US state of Mississippi, has not been released.

A pilot of a small plane who threatened to crash into a Walmart store in Mississippi has landed without any injuries and was taken into custody, Governor Tate Reeves has said.

“Thankful the situation has been resolved and that no one was injured,” Reeves said on Twitter on Saturday.

The identity of the pilot of the plane, which had circled erratically over the city of Tupelo in the southern US state and a nearby area for about five hours, was not released nor was any information on a possible motive for his actions.

Earlier, the pilot called a 911 emergency operator in Tupelo, “threatening to intentionally crash into Walmart on West Main”, according to a statement from the city’s police department.

The sprawling department store and a neighbouring gas station were evacuated, and people were warned to stay away.

Tupelo police cautioned that “with the mobility of an airplane of that type, the danger zone is much larger”.

Authorities believe the aircraft — a Beechcraft King Air C90A with seating for seven to 11 passengers — was stolen, and they are working to determine whether the pilot who threatened to crash the plane is an employee of a local airport, two people briefed on the matter told The Associated Press news agency.

Multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, were involved in the investigation and are working to discern a motive.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration said the agency is aware of the flight and was coordinating with local law enforcement.

The Daily Journal, citing multiple sources, said the plane was down in Ashland, a sparsely populated part of Mississippi, and the pilot was still alive.

An image on social media from the Starkville Daily News showed a small plane in a field.

Law enforcement told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal shortly after 8am (13:00 GMT) that the plane had left the airspace around Tupelo and was flying near a Toyota manufacturing plant in nearby Blue Springs.

An online flight tracking service showed the plane meandering in the sky for several hours and following a looping path.

Leslie Criss, a magazine editor who lives in Tupelo, woke up early and was watching the situation on TV and social media. Several of her friends were outside watching the plane circle overhead.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in this town,” Criss told AP. “It’s a scary way to wake up on a Saturday morning.”

Former state Representative Steve Holland, who is a funeral director in Tupelo, said he had received calls from families concerned about the plane.

“One called and said, ‘Oh, my God, do we need to cancel mother’s funeral?’” Holland said. “I just told them, ‘No, life’s going to go on.’”

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 192 | Russia-Ukraine war News

As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 192nd day, we take a look at the main developments.

Here is the situation as it stands on Friday, September 3.

Get the latest updates here.


  • Russia scrapped the planned restart of Nord Stream 1, deepening Europe’s difficulties in securing winter fuel, after saying it had found faults in the pipeline during maintenance.
  • G7 finance ministers agreed to impose a price cap on Russian oil aimed at slashing revenues for Moscow’s war in Ukraine while keeping crude flowing to avoid price spikes, but their statement left out key details.
  • Ukraine has sharply increased fuel imports in recent months to overcome shortages which hit the country after the Russian invasion, the economy ministry said.INTERACTIVE - WHO CONTROLS WHAT IN UKRAINE 191

Nuclear plant

  • Ukraine and Russia traded accusations over each others’ actions around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as a team of inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog tried to check the safety of the facility.
  • Ukraine’s state nuclear company, Energoatom, said it would be “difficult” for the International Atomic Energy Agency to make an impartial assessment of the situation at the Zaporizhzhia plant due to Russian interference.
  • The fifth reactor at Zaporizhzhia was reconnected to Ukraine’s grid on Friday, a day after it shut down due to shelling near the site, Energoatom said.
  • Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu said Ukraine’s shelling of the Zaporizhzhia plant was raising the risk of a nuclear catastrophe in Europe.
  • Ukraine’s military said it had carried out strikes against Russian positions in Enerhodar, a town near the Zaporizhzhia plant. The announcement was unusual since the military rarely gives details of specific targets.