New Delhi: Hours after a pilot threatened to crash a small plane into a Walmart store in Tupelo, Mississippi, he made safe landing, following which he was taken into custody. The pilot reportedly flew the aircraft erratically over the city for over five hours. The bizarre incident began unfolding around 5 am (local time), when according to the police, the pilot had called 911.
Amid the threat of a crash, the authorities evacuated the buildings on West Main Street. Video posted on Twitter showed the plane flying in circles over homes and businesses.
“Citizens are asked to avoid that area until all clear is given. With the mobility of an aeroplane of that type the danger zone is much larger than Tupelo,” the police said in a statement.
However, hours later the pilot was taken into custody after he landed the aircraft safely, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said on Saturday. He announced on Twitter that the “situation has been resolved and that no one was injured.”
“The plane over North MS is down. Thankful the situation has been resolved and that no one was injured. Thank you most of all to local, state, and federal law enforcement who managed this situation with extreme professionalism,” Reeves said in a tweet.
The nine-seater airplane started circling over Tupelo, Mississippi, about 5 am local time, when the pilot made contact with 911, issuing the threat, according to CNN.
It was airborne for more than five hours, which police described as a “dangerous situation.”
(With PTI inputs)