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Pilot threatens to intentionally crash plane into Mississippi Walmart store: police – National

A small plane flew over Tupelo, Mississippi, on Saturday morning, with the pilot threatening to crash the plane into a Walmart store, police said.

The Tupelo Police Department said the Walmart and a nearby convenience store were evacuated. The plane began circling around 5 a.m. and was still airborne more than three hours later.

Police said they contacted the pilot directly.

“Citizens are urged to avoid the area until all permits have been obtained,” police wrote. “Because of the maneuverability of this type of aircraft, the danger zone is still much larger than Tupelo.”

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Law enforcement told the Northeast Mississippi Daily News shortly after 8 a.m. the plane left the airspace near Tupelo and was flying near Toyota’s manufacturing plant in nearby Blue Springs.

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“State law enforcement and emergency officials are closely monitoring this dangerous situation,” Governor Tate Reeve tweeted. “All citizens should remain vigilant and informed of the latest news from the Tupelo Police Department.”

Magazine editor Leslie Criss, who lives in Tupelo, gets up early and watches on TV and social media. A few of his friends were outside watching the plane circle overhead.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in this town,” Chris told The Associated Press. “It’s a horrible way to wake up on a Saturday morning.”

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