Canadian flight student who landed in Southeast Missouri charged with piloting plane into US

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Adam Dylan Leon, the suspect who allegedly stole an aircraft from Canada Monday, is seen in a booking photo released by the Butler County, Missouri Sheriff's Department Tuesday, April 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Daily American Republic, Butler County Sheriff)

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have charged a Canadian flight student with piloting a stolen plane into the U.S. in what they say was a suicide attempt.

Thirty-one-year-old Adam Dylan Leon was charged Tuesday with transportation of stolen property and illegal entry.

According to the federal complaint, Leon said he flew the plane into the U.S. expecting to be shot down by military aircraft. The complaint says Leon told authorities he recently was being treated by a psychiatrist.

Authorities say Leon flew the plane for six hours Monday night before landing it on U.S. 60 near Ellsinore, Mo., in Butler County when it started to run out of fuel.

He was trailed along the way by military jets.

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