SeaTac stolen plane: Airline employee allegedly steals plane, takes off, then crashes

SeaTac stolen plane: Airline employee allegedly steals plane, takes off, then crashes

A plane has crashed in south Puget Sound after an airline employee stole a plane and took off from Seattle Tacoma International Airport on Friday night, police said.

A turboprop plane that was stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport has crashed on Ketron Island, near Steilacoom, authorities said.

Within minutes of the plane's takeoff, the military scrambled two F-15 jets from Portland to follow the plane authorities said. The tweet said the crash may have been caused by the mechanic 'doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills'.

Alaska Airlines said that it was aware of an unauthorized take-off of a Q400 twin-engine turboprop airplane operated by its sister carrier Horizon Air.

He is believed to have been suicidal when he stole the plane capable of carrying 76 passengers. I don't know man!

Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, tweeted that the man was "suicidal" and there was no connection to terrorism.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman said the agency was responding to a report of a smoke plume and possible plane crash.

Waldron said it seemed that the jets were chasing down the airplane. Preliminary information had suggested it was stolen by a mechanic.




It is reported that the aircraft crashed near Ketron Island outside Seattle.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor. They also said that operations at the airport had resumed after being temporarily halted.

The person who took the plane was apparently not confident of landing it back at the airport.

It's believed there were no passengers or other crew on board.

In a partial recording made by website The Air Current, the pilot tells air traffic controllers: "there's something wrong, I feel like one of my engines is going out or something".

Horizon Air is owned by Seattle-based Alaska Airlines.

Witnesses in the area posted videos to social media showing the 76-passenger plane, meant for short flights, doing unsafe ariel maneuvers while F-15 fighter jets scrambled behind it. The jets were not involved in the crash, it said.

"Rich" said in a matter-of-fact way that he fueled the airplane "to go check out the Olympics", according to audio posted by The Seattle Times newspaper. 'The smoke lingered. You could still hear the F-15s, which were flying low'.

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