BREAKING UPDATE: Stolen plane from Tupelo, Mississippi has crashed

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ACCORDING to unconfirmed reports, the man who stole a plane in Tupelo, Mississippi (USA) has now crashed.

UPDATE 5.26 pm (September 3) – A video circulating on social media reportedly shows the moment the plane, which was stolen from Tupelo, Mississippi by Cory Patterson, crash-landed in Ashland.

“Plane that threatened to crash into Walmart in Tupelo, MS has landed.”

Early reports suggest that the suspect has been arrested.

“Plane appears intact. Benton County Sheriff’s radio has officers recovering the suspect’s backpack. Unverified reporting states he is in fact alive. I hope this is true and that he is able to get the help he needs,” one person wrote.

“Tupelo plane is down and suspect in custody,” wrote Tom McClusky.

Evergreen Intel wrote: “Annnnd… reportedly in custody. Remarkable that the culprit survived.”

One person on Twitter noted: “At least it best possible outcome.”


UPDATE 5.08 pm (September 3) – THE man who stole a plane in Tupelo, Mississippi (USA) and has been threatening to crash it into something has reportedly been identified.

29-year-old Cory Patterson of Shannon Mississippi is allegedly the man who stole a plane from Tupelo Regional Airport, where he is an employee, and earlier threatened to fly it into a Walmart in the city centre.

Several reports from the US are suggesting that Patterson posted to his Facebook: “Sorry everyone. Never actually wanted to hurt anyone. I love my parents and sister this isn’t your fault. Goodbye.”

In an update from Daily Journal, they confirmed that the identity of the plane thief had been corroborated by “multiple law enforcement, airport and local authorities.”

The news outlet said that the suspect was last seen flying over Tippah County lake, which is located just north of Ripley.


ORIGINAL 3.12 pm (September 3) – Videos circulating on social media reportedly show a man flying a stolen plane in Tupelo, Mississippi (USA) and threatening to fly it into a Walmart shopping centre.

“Currently, we have a 29-year-old man who stole this plane [in Tupelo, Mississippi] and is threatening to crash it into something,” one Twitter user said on Saturday, September 3.

“Police, ambulances and fire trucks are everywhere. Everything is shut down right now,” said @CityKing_Gank_.

Shannon Watts of MomsDemand said: “A man in Tupelo, Mississippi, has been flying this stolen plane in circles since 4 am this morning, and police say he threatened to intentionally crash into a Walmart. Residents have been asked to evacuate.”

According to Daily Journal, the plane is being flown by an employee from the Tupelo Regional Airport.

Nurse Ashley wrote on Twitter: “Stolen plane still in the air heading northwest from Tupelo, Mississippi,” alongside the flight path of the aircraft.

Tupelo Police Department are apparently in communication with the pilot and has asked the Walmart store in Mississippi’s Tupelo to evacuate the store “and disperse as many people as much as practical.”      

This is a breaking news story, we will continue to update you when further information is made available.


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Matthew Roscoe

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