Plane stolen from Thunder Bay college lands in Missouri
The Cessna 172, which was being tracked by two U.S. fighter jets, landed on a dirt road in Ellsinore, Mo. The pilot ran away after the plane landed but was apprehended shortly after.
A man named Adam Dylan Leon, 31, was taken into custody, said Sgt. Marty Elmore, a spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol.
An FBI spokesman said Leon, formerly known as Yavuz Berke, was born in Turkey and became a Canadian citizen last year, CNN reported.
Two F-16 fighters had been dispatched to track the plane, which was taken at about 2:30 p.m. from the Aviation Centre of Excellence at Thunder Bay's Confederation College.
Fighter pilots intercepted the plane at the Michigan-Wisconsin border, said Mike Kucharek, spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado. He said the plane was flying erratically.
Kucharek said the pilot acknowledged seeing the F-16s but refused to communicate with any authorities.
Judi Maundrell, vice-president of Thunder Bay's Confederation College, told radio station CKPR that a person hopped the fence Monday afternoon and took off on an unauthorized flight in the Cessna 172.
Maundrell said the college was trying to determine whether the pilot was a student there.
With files from the Associated Press and the Canadian Press