Seattle airport employee steals plane, takes off and crash lands

A Horizon Air airplane was stolen from Sea Tac Airport on Aug. 10 2018 and crashed on Ketron Island where it sparked a fire

Video showed the Horizon Air Q400, a turboprop plane that seats 76 people, doing large loops and other unsafe maneuvers as the sun set on Puget Sound.

A two-acre fire burns early Saturday on the Puget Sound island where the plane crashed.

It was a very small two prop plane commuter aircraft was stolen.

A "suicidal" airline employee at Seattle's Sea-Tac International Airport stole an empty plane Friday night for a weird joyride, performing risky air maneuvers under close pursuit by F-15 fighter jets before crashing into an island. He crashed almost an hour after the plane was taken from a maintenance area, though officials said that it did not appear that the fighter jets were involved in the crash of the aircraft.

This incident raises all sorts of questions about airport security. The employee - whose identity has not been released - stole the passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport around 8 PM.

The man, who was addressed as "Rich" in audio recordings with air traffic controllers, said he didn't want to land at a nearby military base. It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. "I hope they can make it through this". Got a few screws loose. "Never really knew it, until now", he added. We'll move quickly to correct the record and we'll only point to the best information we have at the time. "You want me to ride the brakes in the cockpit" or 'Hey, what are you doing?' Nobody did that", said Kelly.

Horizon Air Chief Operating Officer Constance von Muehlen said the company believes the man who stole the plane was a Horizon employee.

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The man also said he had no flying experience - but had "played some video games before". Jimmy Thomson, deputy editor of Canadian investigative news outlet The Narwhal, has compiled and transcribed portions of the air-traffic recording of the incident, and they provide a haunting glimpse into the moments before the plane crash.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) thanked the Air National Guard for scrambling jets to confront the hijacked aircraft Friday night, and lamented that "there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding tonight's tragic incident". "The kid I know wouldn't do that".

Alaska Airlines said the plane was in a "maintenance position" when it was stolen and not scheduled for a passenger flight. "He had to know where he was going and how to get to a runway", added Furois. Near the end of the video, you can also see the aftermath of the crash. Officials said there were no victims on the ground. According to BuzzFeed, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and airline officials did not identify Russell, but said he joined Horizon Air in February 2015, which matched information listed on his LinkedIn page. "We are devastated by these events and Jesus is truly the only one holding this family together right now", the family said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday morning that President Donald Trump is "monitoring the situation".

"It was unfathomable, it was something out of a movie", King told the Times.

"I thought they were practicing for an air show", he said.

At a press conference, Sheriff Paul A. Pastor said it was definitely not an act of terror: "Most terrorists don't do loops over the water".

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