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Authorities Probe How 'Suicidal' Employee Could Steal Plane

Authorities Probe How 'Suicidal' Employee Could Steal Plane

His work as a ground agent included handling baggage, tidying airplanes and operating tow vehicles to move aircraft, and he was "fully credentialed and had access to that area legitimately". Southers is director of homegrown violent extremism studies at the University of Southern California.

The unnamed man flying the twin-engine turboprop engaged in an hour-long back and forth negotiation with air traffic control where he mentioned not intending to land the aircraft, before the fiery crash on Ketron Island in North Pierce County, just south of Tacoma. An airline employee had stolen a 78-seat turboprop airliner and conducted a risky joyride, complete with loops and other stunts.

A full investigation into the incident has been launched, and it is expected it will focus on how Mr Russell was able to take control of the aircraft, taxi it and take it off without detection.

The "suicidal" man, who dreamed of joining the military, then said that he had thrown up and that he felt "dizzy".

Royal King of Mukilteo was photographing a wedding at Lake Steilacoom when he saw a low-flying plane and two F-15 fighter jets trailing it.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday morning Trump is monitoring the situation. He is now at his New Jersey golf club. She commended the response effort for its "swift action" and public safety protection. The identity and condition of the pilot are not known. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed, ' the airport tweeted at around 12.30am ET.

Officials said Saturday that the man was a 3.5-year Horizon Airlines employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn't a licensed pilot.

Authorities identified Richard Russell as the man who took control of a plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Friday night before crashing on an island in Puget Sound. No one else in the area was hurt. The aircraft then crashed into Ketron Island, 40 km to the southwest of the Seattle/Tacoma 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. "I hope they can make it through this".




"Rich" explains that he had put some fuel in the plane "to go check out the Olympics", but then anxious that he was low on gasoline.

"I've got a lot of people that care about me". "We consider ourselves bakery connoisseurs and have to try a new one every place we go".

PCSD officials also said this is not a terrorist incident. There were no passengers aboard.

The man could reportedly be heard on audio recordings telling air traffic controllers that he is "just a broken guy".

A plane has crashed near Sea-Tac airport in Seattle after being stolen by an airline worker and perused by F-15 fighter jets. He said he was from Wasilla, Alaska, and lived in Sumner, Wash., and married in 2012.

"As far as taking off and navigating your way through SeaTac that's a big airport".

The stolen plane was a twin-engine turboprop Q400 belonging to Horizon Air, its parent company Alaska Airlines said on Twitter. Rather than deal with the consequences, it appears that the young man made a decision to crash in an uninhabited area, taking his life.

The U.S. Coast Guard sent a 45-foot vessel to the crash scene.


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