Tupelo Plane Crash Threat Video: Pilot Threatens to Crash Into Walmart

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Twitter Video from the Tupelo plane threatening to crash

A pilot landed a small plane after threatening to slam the aircraft into a local Walmart store in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Tupelo police warned the public in a 5 a.m. news release on September 3, 2022, that the pilot was “threatening to intentionally crash into Walmart on West Main.”

However, according to Fox News, he landed the plane “in a field in Ashland, roughly 60 miles northeast of Tupelo.” The pilot was identified as Cory Patterson, Fox News reported, adding that the plane was believed stolen.

You can read more about Cory Patterson here. He left behind a Facebook post that read like a suicide note.

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FacebookCory Patterson post

“Update 09-03-2022 @ approximately 08:35 am the plane is reported to be airborne north of Tupelo in the Benton, Union County Area. Local, State and Federal Authorities are continuing to monitor this dangerous situation,” police wrote in a statement on Facebook.

You can see video of the plane circling over Tupelo later in this article and below. Many Tupelo residents posted video to Facebook showing the plane circling over the community.

Here’s what you need to know:


The Pilot Was ‘Flying Over Tupelo,’ Police Said in the News Release

Police gave these details in an initial news release:

On 09-03-2022 at approximately 05:00 am TPD was notified that a pilot of an airplane (possibly King Air type) was flying over Tupelo. The pilot has made contact with E911 and is threatening to intentionally crash into Wal Mart on West Main.

TPD has worked with Wal-Mart West and Dodges on West Main to evacuate the stores and disperse people as much as practical. TPD also has been able to begin talking with the pilot directly.

At this time the situation is ongoing with TPD and all Emergency Services in our area on alert.

Citizens are asked to avoid that area until an all clear is given. With the mobility of an airplane of that type the danger zone is much larger than even Tupelo.

More information will be released when appropriate.

The pilot called 911 to make the plane crash threat, according to Fox 13 Memphis.


Video Captured the Plane Flying Overhead

Video showed the plane circling overhead.

Others also shared photos of the plane in the Police Department’s comment thread.

Governor Tate Reeves tweeted, “State law enforcement and emergency managers are closely tracking this dangerous situation. All citizens should be on alert and aware of updates from the Tupelo Police Department.”

Region 8 news meteorologist Zach Holder wrote on Facebook, “Pilot over Tupelo, MS is threatening to crash his plane into Walmart this morning. Evacs underway. You can’t track him anymore but here’s what his flying looked like. Scary situation to wake up to.”

The governor shared a tweet from SuperTalk Mississippi, which included a graphic showing the plane’s flying pattern as it circled endlessly over Tupelo.

“TPD was notified that a pilot of an airplane (possibly King Air type) was flying over Tupelo. The pilot has made contact with E911 and is threatening to intentionally crash into Wal Mart on West Main,” that tweet read. “Citizens are asked to avoid that area until an all clear is given.”

The pilot’s motive is not clear.

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