Low-flying pilot sought by investigators

BAY COUNTY, Fla., June 8, 2021—The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the pilot of a small plane that flew at approximately 300 feet over crowds during the Gulf Coast Jam Saturday evening.

The low-flying aircraft alarmed attendees, security personnel and organizers of the event. 

Out of caution, the concert was stopped and the stage cleared.

Ryan Gore

The pilot has been identified as Robert Ryan Gore, 40, of Okaloosa County.

Gore not only flew recklessly low over the event, but dropped promotional items on top of the 32,000 people in the crowd.

A felony warrant for reckless operation of an aircraft has been issued for Gore’s arrest. 

Bay County Sheriff investigators believe when Gore flew away from the event at Frank Brown Park on Panama City Beach, he landed his aircraft in Okaloosa County.

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

Bay County Sheriff’s Office news release

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