Stolen Plane Piloted by Tupelo Fixed Based Operator Employee Lands Safely, Arrest Made

Mississippi — An airplane allegedly stolen from the Tupelo airport by an employee of a Fixed Based Operator has landed safely and the person piloting it arrested. The man was flying a fixed wing multi-engine 1987 Beech C90A called 911, and threatened to crash into a Tupelo Walmart at around 5 a.m. on Saturday. Authorities evacuated the Walmart and adjacent businesses. But the plane continued on, flying erratically until it landed in a field near Ashland, MS.

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No he wasn’t an Islamic terrorist. No, he wasn’t a “white supremacist.” The stories flew on Twitter, none of which were the actual truth. He reportedly circled over Tupelo and surrounding areas for around just shy of 5 hours on Saturday. Cory Patterson has a student pilot certificate, and was employed by a Fixed Based Operator who leased space at the Tupelo airport. The certification does not allow him to fly with passengers, according to the FAA. Citizens were asked to avoid the area until an All Clear was issued.

Patterson landed the plane safely in the field, and was arrested by Mississippi State police. The motive is unknown at the time, but those who know him say he is not a terrorist, just a man who felt like giving up. Unfortunately, he scared a lot of people in that process.

“He could have ended it all today, freeing himself from all the hurtful and ugly things that are going to be said about him but instead, he chose life and a chance at forgiveness. You too have a decision to make, you can either pray for him or you can be the reason that ppl feel they have no hope.” Chelsea Fleming Jolly



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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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