Mon, Aug 18, 2008
Mall, Apartment Complex Evacuated
ANN REALTIME REPORTING
08.18.08 1600 EDT: Authorities say the pilot of a stolen
Cessna 172 who took off from Roanoke Regional Airport Monday
morning and circled a mall for hours, talking of suicide, later
landed back at the airport without incident.
The Associated Press reports the unnamed pilot landed
the white single-engine aircraft at around 2:30 pm, about
three-and-a-half hours after the plane took off from ROA.
Franklin County Administrator Rick Huff said earlier the plane's
pilot "has given some indication that he intends to commit suicide
in the plane."
The aircraft spent hours circling over a nearby mall and
high-rise apartment complex. Both were evacuated by authorities,
and Huff said authorities remained in contact with the
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