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UPDATE: Pilot accused of recklessly flying over Gulf Coast Jam in custody

Robert Ryan Gore turned himself in to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Tuesday night.
Robert Ryan Gore turned himself in to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Tuesday night.(Bay County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:30 AM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The pilot accused of flying low over crowds at a local concert venue and dropping items on them is now in custody.

Wednesday morning, Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies announced Robert Gore turned himself into the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office the night before.

Gore is charged with operating an aircraft in a careless, reckless manner, a felony.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is on the hunt for a pilot who they say flew a small plane about 300 feet above thousands of people at Gulf Coast Jam.

They say the plane swooped past the festival three times Saturday night and dropped promotional items over the 32,000 attendees at Frank Brown Park. The incident prompted organizers to stop the concert and clear the stage.

The pilot has been identified as Robert Ryan Gore, 40, from Okaloosa County. A warrant for Gore’s arrest has been issued for reckless operation of an aircraft which is a felony.

Investigators say they believe Gore flew from the event and land his plane in Okaloosa County.

Anyone with information on the location of Gore is asked to contact the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at 850-747-4700 or Crime Stoppers at 850-785-TIPS.

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