Stolen plane from Thunder Bay lands on Missouri highway

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Apr 29, 2009 at 12:36 PM CDT

A stolen airplane from Thunder Bay, Ontario that had U.S. defense Officials on high alert throughout Monday, landed on a Missouri highway.

Spokespeople say a student at a flight school stole the aircraft and took off. The plane continued to fly towards Madison and that's when two F-16 fighter jets fighter intercepted the stolen Cessna

"They tried to get his attention, they got his attention...and then he continued to fly somewhat erratically until he got just outside of St. Louis," said Michael Kucharek, NORAD spokesperson.

Officials from NORAD say the stolen plane is a Cessna 172. As that plane made its way across the state, the state capitol building in Madison was evacuated as a precaution. The Mosinee Regional airport was also put on alert as the incident continued to unfold.

"He was not under any authority to fly within Canada or outside Canada. He did not file a flight plan," said Kucharek.

Officials say the plane had the potential to make it to New Orleans given its fuel capacity. Spokespeople say no warning shots were fired at the plane.