The pilot is a naturalized Canadian. He had only clocked a few hours of flight time.
Canadian officials have received some information that the pilot is “not a happy individual,” the official said.
The Wisconsin Air National Guard sent the F-16 jets to track the event listed as a “fight safety issue.” There was not a fear of a terrorist threat.
As a precaution the state Capitol building in Madison was evacuated shortly after 5 p.m. Monday evening. Governor Jim Doyle was in Chicago at the time. An hour later people were allowed to return to the building.
The Cessna landed on a dirt road in Ellsinore, population 360, late Monday. The pilot fled the area on foot.
“We don’t want to suppose the motive of the individual,” NORAD spokesman, Mike Kucharek told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” after the landing. “But it certainly made a day for the professional pilots that were flying these missions and a very serious situation from a NORAD perspective.”
Authorities know the identity of the pilot. Laura Brown, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, refused to release the man’s age or name.
Local law enforcement officials are responding to the incident.
update-Monday night that authorities took 31-year-old Adam Dylan Leon into custody near Ellsinore in the southeastern part of the state.