Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves on Saturday morning warned residents near Tupelo, Mississippi, to “be on alert” after police said a pilot flying a plane over the town threatened to crash into a Walmart.
On Saturday morning, Gov. Reeves tweeted that state police and “emergency managers” are “closely tracking this dangerous situation.”
Reeves shared an image on Twitter showing the airplane’s flight path, circling multiple times and criss-crossing over the town of 38,000. The airplane is a two turbine aircraft that is about 35 feet long, according to that flight-tracking data on FlightAware.com.
According to a police statement Reeves tweeted, the airplane pilot “made contact with (911) and is threatening to intentionally crash into Wal Mart on West Main.”
The Walmart and another neighboring store were told to evacuate, according to the police statement.
At 9:35 a.m. ET, the plane was on the move north of Tupelo, Mississippi, according to police.
“With the mobility of an airplane of that type the danger zone is much larger than even Tupelo,” police said.