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Pilot of stolen plane was on suicide run

The man who stole a small Cessna aircraft in Canada wanted to be shot down by the U.S. Airforce, the Times Online reported.

The Associated Press reported that Adam Dylan Leon, 31, landed the plane on a small rural road in Missouri and was arrested at a convenience store shortly after. His flight lasted six hours.

Leon was arrested in the convenience store while sitting and drinking a bottle of Gatorade, Missouri state trooper Justin Watson said, according to Times Online.

Times Online reported that Leon is a native of Turkey, and that the plane was never seen by the FBI as a terrorist threat due to its avoidance of build-up areas.

Leon was in a Poplar Bluff, Mo., jail Tuesday. (AP)

The plane was stolen from Confederation College Flight School at Thunder Bay International Airport in Ontario Monday. It was intercepted by F-16 fighter jets as it crossed the Michigan border.

The plane caused the state capitol of Wisconsin to be evacuated as a safety precaution. (AP)