Airplane stolen from Washington airport crashes

11 August, 2018, 18:06 | Author: Angel Logan
  • A Horizon Q400

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

Pastor said the plane crashed into Ketron Island, a small heavily-wooded island with around 20 full-time residents.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office reported the airline employee who stole the plane was a suicidal 29-year-old man from Pierce County, WA.

It is believed the mechanic's lack of flying skills led to the crash, Troyer said.

The stolen plane was a twin engine turboprop Q400 aeroplane belonging to its sister carrier Horizon Air, Alaska Airlines said on Twitter.

Alaska Airlines said it "believes" the man was a ground service agent working for Horizon Air.

All planes leaving Seattle Tacoma International Airport were temporarily grounded but according to a tweet from the airport, normal airport operations have resumed.

Two military F-15s were scrambled to chase the stolen plane, but "were not involved in the crash", local officials said.

There was nobody else on board the aircraft, which the employee crashed in an unpopulated area about 30 miles from the airport.

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.

He said in a statement on Twitter: "This is not a terrorist incident".

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

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".

The aircraft was stolen about 8 p.m. Alaska Airlines said it was in a "maintenance position" and not scheduled for a passenger flight.

Sheriff's department spokesman Ed Troyer also confirmed that two U.S. Air Force F-15s intercepted the plane within minutes of its departure from Sea-Tac, but they were not involved in its crash near Ketron Island. "Really tough. But more than that, the tragedy is what strikes me", he said.

Black smoke was spotted pouring from the crash site. I don't know man! "I would hope it is for a guy like me".

The Bombardier Q400 is a turboprop airplane made for shorter flights, according to Alaska Airlines.

The sheriff's department initially described the man who stole the plane as a mechanic.

In a series of tweets, he said F15s were scrambled out of Portland and arrived within a few minutes of the theft of plane.

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