BELLINGHAM, Wash. — We’re hearing now that a man was arrested last week after he landed his airplane in Washington state without permission, then flew away when approached by agents, all the while throwing bags out of his plane into the wilderness.
According to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the incident occurred when agents from the Bellingham Air and Marine Branch detected the airplane enter the U.S. and land at the Methow Valley Airport in Winthrop.
When agents approached the pilot to question him, he jumped into his airplane and flew away.
Agents pursued the airplane in helicopters and watched as the the pilot threw several bags out of the airplane into the wilderness.
As the airplane approached Canada, CBP received permission to continue the pursuit across the border. The CBP helicopters followed the airplane to the Langley British Columbia Airport, where the airplane landed.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Federal Border Enforcement Team arrested the man and seized the airplane.