I stayed glued to CNN watching this story unfold last night:
A pilot who allegedly stole a Cessna plane from a Canadian flight school and was pursued for hours across the Midwest by fighter jets, was taken into custody after he landed on a Missouri highway late today and took off running, an FBI spokesman said.
The pilot landed the single engine Cessna 172 on U.S. Highway 60 in Ellsinore, Mo., at approximately 9:50 p.m. ET, and was caught by Missouri State Highway Patrol officers, FBI spokesman Rich Kolko said.
I kept thinking “high altitude pursuit” while watching this. But then some other details came out, details that send the wingnuts running to grab the tinfoil:
The pilot was identified as Yavuz Berke, formerly known as Adam Leon, a 31-year-old naturalized Canadian citizen who was born in Turkey, Kolko said.
OH MY GOD – A BROWNIE!!!! It’s 9/11 all over again!
One of the craziest wingnuts, Atlas Shrugs writes:
A Turkish man steals a plane in Canada, flies into US airspace and is not confronted by US fighters for 20 minutes. He fails to obey commands and is not shot down. He lands when nearly out of fuel and is apprehended running on foot. .
(hat tip Frank)
Sleep well kiddies
Yes shoot it down! Don’t these fighter pilots know anything?
But then you start getting a few more facts of the case. You know facts – those things right wingers despise:
Burke was apparently treated for depression last Friday and left his girlfriend a good-bye note, Canadian officials told the U.S. government. Berke's vehicle was left at the airport in Canada with the keys still in it.