Seattle airport employee steals plane, takes off and crash lands

12 August, 2018, 14:59 | Author: Billie Castillo
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After Russell talked periodically with air traffic controllers for about an hour, the plane crashed at Ketron Island, officials said.

They intercepted the plane near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The man sounds calm at times and jokes with operators on the ground, who try to direct him to places to land. Got a few screws loose, I guess.

The plane, which PCSD identified as belonging to Horizon Air, crashed into Ketron Island.

A "suicidal" airline employee at Seattle's Sea-Tac International Airport stole an empty plane Friday night for a freakish joyride, performing risky air maneuvers under close pursuit by F-15 fighter jets before crashing into an island.

While authorities did not release the man's name, they say the man was suicidal, and officials said Friday night the man is likely dead.

The FBI's Seattle office said the plane's theft and crash weren't considered terrorism.

A passenger plane from Alaska Airlines was stolen from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday at around 8 PM.

"Our hearts are with the family of the individual aboard, along with all of our Alaska Air and Horizon Air employees", the airline said in a video statement posted to Twitter early Saturday.

The married airport employee, 29, "hijacked" the Alaska Airlines plane before performing stunts in the sky as he was tailed by fighter jets today.

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor described the incident as a "joyride gone terribly wrong", adding that the pilot "did something foolish and may well have paid with his life".

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Mr Waldron said the plane at its lowest point was no more than 100ft (30.5m) above the water.

Coaches at Wasilla High School in Alaska, where Russell was a football player, wrestler and discus thrower, told the Anchorage Daily News they are shocked at the news. "I would like to apologize to each and everyone one of them", said Russell.

The air drama was broadcast live over air traffic control monitoring sites.

The sheriff's department described the man as suicidal.

"There were some manoeuvres that were done that were incredible manoeuvres with the aircraft", Beck said. "Never really knew it until now".

During his unauthorized flight, the hijacker spoke to air traffic controllers on the ground.

"We're lucky it went down on a very unpopulated island", Eckrote said. It was a very small two prop plane commuter aircraft was stolen.

Investigators expect they will be able to recover both the cockpit voice recorder and the event data recorder from the plane.

"Governor Jay Inslee thanked the Air National Guard from Washington and OR for scrambling jets and said in a statement "there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding tonight's tragic incident".

"Safety is our number one goal", Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden said.

"I've got a lot of people that care about me". He didn't hear the crash, but saw smoke. Whether or not "Rich" realized it, the national guard had scrambled a pair of F-15 fighters to protect the airports in case he made any threatening moves toward one of them. "We don't know how he learned to do that", he said.

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