Airplane stolen from Washington airport crashes

Airplane stolen from Washington airport crashes

A Horizon Air passenger plane has crashed on Ketron Island south of Seattle after being stolen by an airline employee at SeaTac Airport around 8 pm on Friday.

A SeaTac Airport employee managed to steal an Alaska Airlines plane from its hanger, taking off without permission and before crashing it on a nearby island.

The Q400 did a loop the loop and nearly crashed into Chambers Bay, and then flew further south chased by two F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the Air National Guard in Portland.

A MAN has stolen a passenger plane from an airport in the United States and deliberately flown it into the ground after being chased by military fighter jets above Washington.

The plane crashed on Ketron Island, said the sheriff's department in Pierce County, WA.

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Alaska Airlines on Twitter said the airplane was a turboprop Q400 airplane belonging to its sister carrier Horizon Air. The Q400 is a turboprop aircraft with 76 seats.

"I don't know, man", the pilot answers.

The unidentified 29-year-old mechanic was pronounced dead after the crash, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said.

"Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, nearly crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed".

Horizon Air chief operating officer Constance von Muehlen said the company believed the mechanic involved was a Horizon employee.

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Later on, the pilot says: "I've got a lot of people that care about me".

Early reports indicated the man was employed as an airline mechanic, though Alaska Airlines later said on its blog that he was likely a "ground service agent employed by Horizon Air".

It is reported that the aircraft crashed near Ketron Island outside Seattle. According to ABC news, the plane had to be diverted away from the city by US Air Force fighter jet after it took off from Sea-Tac International Airport.

The air-traffic controller responded calmly, seeming not to want to upset Rich as the conversation continued and he tried to coax Rich into landing somewhere. Everyone was so confused as to what was going on, because the plane was so low that the Alaska Airlines logo was totally visible.

Normal operations at the airport were interrupted briefly, the airport said. "Saw two fighter jets fly overhead then smoke".

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"It was unfathomable, it was something out of a movie", King said.

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