Monday, 20 August, 2018

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

A Horizon Q400 A Horizon Q400 Credit Alaska Air
Scott Davis | 11 August, 2018, 16:34

Alaska Airlines said that it was aware of an unauthorized take-off of the airplane operated by a sister carrier Horizon Air.

North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled fighter jets to accompany the plane, which was steered away from Seattle and Tacoma by air traffic control, on its hour-long flight, according to the source.

The man added: "I'm not ready to bring it down yet but holy smokes I need to stop looking at the fuel because it's going down quick".

There were no passengers in the plane, wrote Ed Troyer, a Public Information Officer from the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

Local authorities quickly ruled out terrorism as a motive for the incident, and said the F-15s "were not involved in the crash".

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said this is not a terrorist incident.

In one, the controller can be heard telling the pilot: "What we don't want to see is you get hurt or anyone else get hurt, so like I said, if you want to land, that's probably the best way to go".

"We believe it was taken by a single Horizon Air employee and no other passengers or crew were on board", she said.




Only the unknown pilot was on the plane, according to authorities. "The Bombardier Q400 features 76 comfortable seats and boarding doors in both the front and rear of the plane for faster passenger loading and deplaning".

"I think I am going to try to do a barrel roll and if that goes well then I am going to go nose down and call it a night".

"Stolen horizon airplane crashed into Ketron island".

The sheriff said earlier that the employee was a airline mechanic, but the airline said he was a ground service agent. "I don't know what the burnage is like on takeoff, but it burned quite a bit faster than I expected". "Never really knew it until now".

The plane crashed on Ketorn Island outside Seattle.

Royal King told The Seattle Times he was photographing a wedding when he saw the low-flying turboprop being chased by to F-15s. The airport said operations have since returned to normal.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee thanked the fighter pilots for keeping residents safe.

An airline mechanic who stole a Horizon Air plane from a Seattle airport told air traffic controllers that he was a "broken guy" but also joked about whether the airline would hire him as a pilot if he landed safely.

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