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Airline Worker Steals Aircraft, Crashes Near Seattle

Airline Worker Steals Aircraft, Crashes Near Seattle

"A plane of Alaska Airlines that was reportedly stolen by an airline employee has crashed near Ketron Island in Pierce County in United States" Seattle, according to global news agency AP reports.

Horizon Air is part of Alaska Air Group and flies shorter routes throughout the U.S. west.

PCSD officials also said this is not a terrorist incident.

As per the latest update, officials at Sea-Tac International Airport say an Alaska Airlines plane that was stolen by an airline employee and has crashed. He crashed from either doing stunts or because of a lack of flying skills. The Federal Aviation Administration reported about 9:30 p.m. that a plane crashed. There appear to have been no passengers on the 76-seat plane.

The pilot of the stolen Horizon Airlines turboprop alternately expressed remorse for his actions and a desire to perform aerobatics as flew over Puget Sound on Friday, pursued by two F-15 fighters.

Within minutes of the plane's takeoff, the military scrambled two F-15 jets from Portland to follow the plane authorities said. Sea-Tac Airport reported that the plane crashed in south Puget Sound.




"Oh man. Those guys will rough me up if I try and land there", the man responded, later adding "This is probably jail time for life, huh?"

"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".

"I felt like we were on the ground and we were safe, we weren't in the sky while something was going on", he said after getting off the plane. "We saw the jets circle back after and she texted that there was no plane".

Air traffic controllers and pilots could be heard discussing a "ground stop" and dealing with a backlog of aircraft. He didn't hear the crash, but saw smoke.

Fighter pilots from the Air National Guard of Washington and OR flew alongside the plane, according to an emailed statement from Gov. Jay Inslee.


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