Employee steals plane from Seattle airport, crashes it shortly

11 August, 2018, 18:10 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Stolen Alaska Airlines plane crashes near Sea Tac International Airport

An airline employee stole an unoccupied passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and was intercepted by military fighter jets before crashing on an island in the Puget Sound late Friday.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport officials grounded flights temporarily during the drama but later said normal operations had resumed.

Authorities in the Seattle area have confirmed the crash of a stolen commercial airline plane Friday night.

Alaska Airlines acknowledged the situation in a statement: "We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400".

No passengers were on board and according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, this is not a terrorist incident. "Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island", the sheriff's office tweeted.

Local authorities quickly ruled out terrorism as a motive for the incident, and said the F-15s "were not involved in the crash". Confirmed information. this is a single suicide male.

The hijacker has been described as a 29-year-old mechanic who worked for an "unknown airline".

The sheriff's department said they were working to conduct a background investigation on the Pierce County resident, whose name was not immediately released.

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"Pilots kept plane out of harms way and people on ground safe", the sheriff's office tweeted.

He concedes that 'this is probably jail time for life, huh?

The airline said it was "working to confirm who was on board" but it was understood that there "no passengers or crew other than the person operating the plane". "So, I started to capture video, just because I thought it was, kind of weird", he told CNN.

He says the pilot then "pulled pretty much straight up and kind of at an angle", adding he "somehow he got it levelled back off and then made his way down toward the island".

Pastor said the plane crashed on the island, with a population of 20 people.

In audio recordings, air traffic controllers could be heard trying to guide the man to land the plane. He told Scott the plane crashed into a forested area "where it didn't look like there were any homes in the immediate area". I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. "Never really knew it until now".

A Horizon Air Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, reported to be hijacked, flies upside down over University Place, Washington, the USA, before crashing in the South Puget Sound, August 10, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

He said he heard a loud "boom", then saw smoke coming from a spot in Puget Sound where the plane appeared to have crashed.

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