March 5, 2024
The quiet of the early morning skies over northern Mississippi on Saturday was broken by the sound of a circling twin-engine aircraft -- and police sirens. Behind the controls of...

The quiet of the early morning skies over northern Mississippi on Saturday was broken by the sound of a circling twin-engine aircraft — and police sirens.

Behind the controls of a stolen aircraft was a man threatening to crash it into a Walmart.

He had posted an eerie message on Facebook, according to the New York Post. It began, “Sorry everyone.”

The man was identified as 29-year-old Cory Patterson by local law enforcement.

Patterson had posted to his now-restricted Facebook profile, “Sorry everyone. Never actually wanted to hurt anyone. I love my parents and sister this isn’t your fault. Goodbye.”

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Fortunately, the incident ended with Patterson landing the aircraft in a field and being placed under arrest with no casualties.

“The plane over North MS is down,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves tweeted shortly afterward. “Thankful the situation has been resolved and that no one was injured. Thank you most of all to local, state, and federal law enforcement who managed this situation with extreme professionalism.”

The Tupelo Police Department said Patterson contacted them at about 5 a.m. and told them his plans.

The police stayed in contact with Patterson as he crisscrossed the skies over northern Mississippi, working with Walmart and other nearby businesses to get people out of harm’s way.

Police negotiators convinced Patterson to land the plane at Tupelo Regional Airport, but he aborted the attempt about 100 feet from the ground and flew northwest, eventually landing the plane on its belly in a field in Ashland.

Tupelo Police Chief John Quaka said Patterson had previous flight instruction, but he didn’t believe he was a licensed pilot, according to WTVA-TV.

Patterson was employed by Tupelo Aviation at the Tupelo airport and had access to the aircraft he stole, WTVA reported.

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Patterson is being charged with grand larceny and making terroristic threats. He may also face federal charges.

Matt Holloway is a millennial, constitutional, conservative commentator, content creator and writer. Matt covers politics, faith, history, national and global news.

Matt Holloway is a millennial, constitutional, conservative commentator, content creator and writer covering the Phoenix area market. Matt covers politics, faith, history and news. A thirty-five year old, happily married father of four: Matt was raised in New Jersey and moved to Arizona in 06′. When he’s not writing, working or spending time with his family, Matt enjoys PC Gaming, Science Fiction and YouTube.