Bryan Kohberger is flying private to Idaho right now to face murder charges — and it seems like the teeny-tiny plane he’s on needed a break mid-flight… ditto for the suspect himself.
TMZ has obtained photos of Kohberger being led in and out of Flightstar Wednesday — a fixed-base operator at Willard Airport in Champaign, IL … where he and a handful of armed officers landed at around 11 AM PT while he was being transported across the country.
Check out the pics … you can see the aircraft Kohberger and the PA law enforcement officials are traveling in — a 2015 fixed-wing, single-engine Pilatus that seats 11 … and which we’ve learned is actually owned and operated by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Eyewitnesses tell us the plane appeared to be getting refueled … while Kohberger appeared to be taking a whiz inside. During this period, we’re told the entire airport was placed on lockdown — with everyone being evacuated, including employees — while he was in there.
A few minutes later, our sources tell us Kohberger was led back to the plane … and they took off without incident.
If you’re wondering why this plane needed to refuel on a flight that typically takes around 4 hours … well, it has to do with the capabilities of this particular aircraft and the length of this journey. The Pilatus can go about 1,700 nautical miles on a single tank.
Going from Pennsylvania to Moscow is about 1,800 nautical miles … so they were playing it safe.
In any case, Kohberger’s almost there — as of this post, he’s somewhere over South Dakota, so Idaho is just a couple states away. Remember, he agreed to be extradited without putting up a fight … and now, he’ll learn the full scope of the charges and evidence against him.
Kohberger has said he expects to be exonerated.