A Walmart in Tupelo, Mississippi, has been evacuated after a pilot threatened to crash an airplane into the store, according to police.
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- The Tupelo Police Department said it received a call at around 5 a.m. Central time from a pilot making threats, and police have remained in contact.
- Police say the airplane appeared to be a Beech craft King Air, a twin-engine turboprop that is commonly used for personal and corporate flights.
- A flight tracking site shows a King Air flying erratic loops over the Tupelo area Saturday morning.
- Tate Reeves ® tweeted that state law enforcement agencies are also “closely tracking this dangerous situation.”
- It’s not clear what motivated the man has for threaten to crash into the Walmart.
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“With the mobility of an airplane of that type, the danger zone is much larger than even Tupelo,” Tupelo police said.
Tupelo is a small city in northeast Mississippi, with a population of just under 38,000 people, according to the Census Bureau.