Airplane stolen from SeaTac, crashed on Puget Sound Island

12 August, 2018, 07:28 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Planes sit on the tarmac at Sea Tac International Airport in Washington. Air service was halted after an Alaska Airlines plane was stolen Friday Aug. 10. An airline worker stole the plane without any passengers and took off from the airport before crashi

"It seemed like he was well liked by the other workers", Rick Christenson, a former operational supervisor with Horizon Air, told The Seattle Times.

A 29-year-old man stole a plane with no one else on board from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport late Friday before crashing on a nearby island, authorities said. Unlike cars, there are no keys needed for the door or to turn on the plane, he said.

Tilden said the system in place is to credential and secure employees and air fields, but not planes.

"FAA air traffic controllers communicated with the individual who was flying the aircraft to try to help him land safely". The Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 came to a stop halfway down the runway. 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".

There was no connection to terrorism and no others were involved, said Troyer.

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

Harrowing audio revealed the pilot joking with the controllers who begged him to land the 76-seater plane before it nosedived and burst into a fireball 25 miles away.

Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden said in a statement early Saturday morning that the airline was "working to find out everything we possibly can about what happened". "The doors of the airplanes are not keyed". "Everyone was very calm", he said.

"Apparently this was a plane that was stolen from SeaTac Airport". Five flights were canceled.

Two F-15 fighter jets took to the air from a base in Portland, Oregon, and were on the scene within minutes.


The military response was conducted in accordance with Operation Noble Eagle, which was put into effect after the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

There was no indication that the incident was an act of terror, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said on Twitter.

"To my knowledge, it's not that easy I know starting turbine engines you have to wait for a certain internal rotational speed before you add the fuel", said Alex Furois. "Acting alone." He had been identified by authorities as a resident of Pierce County, though his name has not been released Friday.

The employee's motivation for taking the plane is another big unanswered question. "It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this.Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess". At times, he reveled in the flight, voicing amazement at the sight of the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier from the air. The plane was "highly fragmented and the wings are off", she said.

Russell took off in a Bombardier Q400 commercial plane around 8 p.m. on Friday and proceeded to fly in loops over the water.

The aircraft crashed on Ketron Island in Puget Sound.

Fires burned amid Ketron Island's brushy terrain overnight, and the employee is presumed dead.

Spokesmen for the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Aviation Administration directed inquiries to local authorities.

No injuries were reported on the ground.

Russell's sister, Mary, also attended Wasilla High, and Howell said the two were extremely close.

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