Crash threat over Mississippi skies ends with pilot’s arrest

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RIPLEY, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a man who stole a plane and flew it over Mississippi after threatening to crash it into a Walmart store faces charges of grand larceny and terroristic threats.

Tupelo Police Chief John Quaka says 29-year-old Cory Wayne Patterson didn’t have a pilot’s license but had some flight instruction and was an employee of Tupelo Aviation.

Patterson could also face federal charges.

No one was injured in the incident.

The drama unfolded as tens of thousands of college football fans were headed to north Mississippi for Saturday football games at the University of Mississippi in Oxford and Mississippi State University in Starkville.

Tupelo is between those two cities.

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