Police Evacuate Tupelo Area as Pilot Threatens to Intentionally Crash Plane

A pilot flying over the Tupelo, Mississippi, area threatened to intentionally crash into a local Walmart on Saturday, September 3, according to the Tupelo Police Department.

In a Facebook post, the Tupelo Police Department said the pilot was threatening to crash the airport into a Walmart store on West Main Street in Tupelo.

The police department said it was in direct contact with the pilot, and had worked with the store to evacuate people and disperse them “as much as possible.”

“With the mobility of an airplane of that type the danger zone is much larger than even Tupelo,” the department said, adding that it may be a Beechcraft King Air turboprop aircraft.

Video posted by @RachelMcWilli14 on Saturday shows a plane flying low to the ground in Tupelo. The poster said the pilot “circled over” their place of work several times. Credit: @RachelMcWilli14 via Storyful

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