Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Mechanic steals plane from SeaTac Airport, crashes

Mechanic steals plane from SeaTac Airport, crashes

Pierce County Sheriff's Office says that a 29-year-old suicidal man acted alone and crashed the aircraft.

Earlier, Alaska Airlines, the parent company of Horizon Air whose plane was stolen, tweeted a statement.

Authorities described him as being suicidal, adding that the incident is not related to terrorism.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter that preliminary information suggested that a mechanic had stolen the aircraft.

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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.

Seattle-Tacoma officials said the airline employee had "conducted an unauthorised takeoff without passengers".

The airport said normal operations at the airport, which sits between Seattle and Tacoma, had resumed.

The plane crashed sometime before 9 p.m. on Friday night.

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According to the, witnesses reported seeing the Bombardier Q400, a turboprop aircraft, perform a loop-the-loop and almost slam into Chambers Bay, all while being pursued by fighter jets.

Quincy Carr, who was flying into town to perform on a Norwegian cruise line ship, said the pilot told passengers on his plane that there was an incident and they were stuck on the tarmac for about an hour.

Video taken by a bystander showed the passenger airplane making an unlikely upside-down aerial loop, then flying low over Puget Sound before crashing into the sparsely populated Ketron Island in the northwestern USA state of Washington.

Witnesses report F-15s chasing plane then saw smoke, and loud boom. I don't know. I don't want to. It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose I guess. "The smoke lingered. You could still hear the F-15s, which were flying low".

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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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