Man accused of threatening to crash plane into Tupelo Walmart dies in federal custody

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man accused of hijacking a plane and threatening to fly it into a Mississippi Walmart has died in federal custody, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Cory Patterson, 29, allegedly hijacked a plane Sept. 3 and threatened to fly it into a Tupelo Walmart.

Patterson later crash-landed the plane in North Mississippi.

He was employed fueling planes at the Tupelo Regional Airport.

Officials said Patterson died Nov. 14 at the Federal Detention Center in Miami.

Patterson was found unresponsive at the FDC at approximately 1:20 p.m.

Responding staff immediately began life-saving measures. Staff requested emergency medical services (EMS) and life-saving efforts continued, officials said.

Patterson was subsequently pronounced dead by EMS personnel.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Marshals Service were notified.

No staff or other inmates were injured and at no time was the public in danger, officials said.