Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

'Suicidal' mechanic steals plane from Seattle airport

'Suicidal' mechanic steals plane from Seattle airport

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor described the incident as a "joyride gone terribly wrong", adding that the pilot "did something foolish and may well have paid with his life".

The man who stole the plane is believed to be a ground service agent.

"The guy didn't know how to fly or intentionally did stunts over Anderson island, and crashed into Ketron Island", Troyer said.

The plane went down on Ketron Island, which is about 40 miles southwest of the airport, the sheriff's office said.

The department said the employee was a 29-year-old man, whose identity has been confirmed. The incident has not been connected to terrorism. Confirmed info ... This is a single suicide male.

A turboprop plane that was stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport has crashed on Ketron Island, near Steilacoom, authorities said. Prior to crashing, the aircraft was filmed conducting extreme maneuvers over the Puget Sound, including a barrel roll and inverted vertical dive culminating in a high g pull-out just a few feet above the water's surface.

A Horizon Airlines plane with no passengers inside crashed after takeoff following a chase by two F-15 fighter jets that were scrambled by North American Aerospace Defense Command to deal with the incident.

The air traffic controller told the man: "There is a runway just off to your right side in about a mile".

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

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

In a recording posted to Broadcastify, the pilot can be heard calmly chatting with Air Traffic Control.

"I don't know, man", the pilot answers.

The sheriff's office also said that the F-15s, which were scrambled out of Portland, in the nearby state of OR, arrived minutes after the plane was stolen and kept the aircraft "out of harms way and people on ground safe". I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this.

All flights were temporarily grounded at Sea-Tac Airport for reports of the security breach Friday night.

The airline said it was "working to confirm who was on board" but it was understood that there "no passengers or crew other than the person operating the plane".

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