What we know about pilot who threatened to crash into Walmart

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One officer described the outcome of the alleged incident involving a stolen plane and threats against a nearby Walmart as the "best-case scenario," with no injuries and an inexperienced pilot safely landing the jet.

One officer described the outcome of the alleged incident involving a stolen plane and threats against a nearby Walmart as the "best-case scenario," with no injuries and an inexperienced pilot safely landing the jet.

Police in Tupelo were able to identify the pilot as Cory Wayne Patterson, 29, who works for Tupelo Aviation, a company that offers services like fueling at the Tupelo Regional Airport. According to Tupelo Police Chief John Quaka, he has been a lineman for the corporation for the past 10 years, fuelling the planes.

As a worker for Tupelo Aviation, Patterson allegedly had access to a Beechcraft King Air C-90 twin-engine aircraft that was stolen from the airport just after 5 a.m. He then allegedly called 911 at around 5:23 a.m. and threatened the neighbourhood Walmart. According to authorities, they evacuated the store and its surroundings.

Police were able to speak with the pilot immediately as the plane circled above Tupelo, according to Quaka. Quaka informed reporters during a press conference on Saturday that negotiators were "able to convince him to not carry out this deed and to land the aeroplane at Tupelo Airport."

Experts claim that the stolen aircraft is a complex and challenging one to fly. Despite not having any experience landing an aircraft and only having "minimal flight instruction," Patterson is not thought to be a licenced pilot, according to Quaka. Patterson only had a student pilot certificate, which was awarded in 2013, according to FAA data.

According to the chief, Patterson wrote a message on Facebook at around 9:30 a.m., just as the jet was about to run out of fuel, in which "in essence, it said farewell."

The Federal Aviation Administration lost radar contact with the aircraft around 10:08 in the morning. The pilot "confirmed he had landed in a field and was uninjured" when a negotiator re-established contact at 10:12 a.m., Quaka said.

More over 40 miles north of Tupelo in Ripley, Mississippi, where there is a soybean field, is where the plane made its landing. According to the FAA, there was only the pilot on board.

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