The first report came in about 10 a.m. Initial dispatch reports indicated a pilot was threatening to crash into the school.
“We have an airport pilot on the phone with us advising us they’re in the middle of a domestic, trying to crash,” according to emergency dispatch traffic obtained by this news organization. “We’re on the phone with the pilot now, stating that that’s what they wanted to do.”
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“There was a small plane that was flying around the school and neighborhood area. This plane was flying very low but was never even or below the top of the building. However, with as low as the plane was flying, it did cause us concern,” Badin Principal Brian Pendergest wrote in a letter to parents.
3. The school did not evacuate
Emergency dispatchers initially indicated there was an evacuation, but Badin quickly reported that was not the case.
Badin High School is safe and there is no threat. We have NOT evacuated and all students, faculty and staff are safe. We are working with Hamilton police and they are on campus.
According to emergency dispatch logs, dispatchers noted that the plane landed at Butler County Regional Airport about 10:15 a.m.
The log indicates the pilot exited the plane by 10:23 a.m.
5. About the pilot
Pendergest held a press conference at the school Thursday afternoon and said a former student was in custody.
Pendergest declined to name the former student, but said the man graduated from the school in 2017 and had no discipline problems at he Catholic school.
He said the student had earned his pilot license while a student at the high school.
6. Pilot released after being in custody
Hamilton police released the suspect “for now” on Thursday afternoon, according to the pilot’s attorney, Frank Schiavone IV.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Aviation Administration are also investigating, Schiavone said.
7. Police report there was no threat
Late Thursday afternoon, Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit sent out a news releases that said, in part:
“After an exhaustive investigation, we determined there is no evidence of any threat or plan to attack any person or school. The Hamilton Police Department is working with Federal Aviation Administration officials to determine what, if any, violation of Federal Aviation Regulations occurred.”
After an exhaustive investigation, we determined there is no evidence of any threat or plan to attack any person or school. HPD is working with Federal Aviation Administration officials to determine what, if any, violation of Federal Aviation Regulations occurred.