Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Finance | By Marshall Campbell

‘Suicidal’ mechanic steals plane from Seattle airport

‘Suicidal’ mechanic steals plane from Seattle airport

A Horizon Air plane was reportedly hijacked from a Sea-Tac Airport runway Friday night and was flown around until it eventually crashed in Ketron Island outside of Seattle, according to Federal Aviation Association sources.

Sheriff's officials say the employee was "suicidal" and there is no connection to terrorism.

"This is not a terrorist incident", Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's office wrote on Twitter. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate.

All planes are grounded-captain telling passengers a Horizon airliner was taken without authorization, and military jets are scrambling to intercept it. The plane had an unauthorized takeoff from Sea-Tac Airport at around 8:00 p.m., and then crashed.

The suspect was identified as a 29-year-old airline mechanic and Pierce county resident who "acted alone", Troyer said, confirming there were "no passengers on the plane" when it crashed.

Sea-Tac Airport was put on an immediate ground stop once the plane took off.

The Oregon Air National Guard confirmed two fighter jets took off from Portland International Airport and were heading to Seattle at the time this situation was unfolding.

Law enforcement officials said the plane crashed near Ketron Island off the coast of Washington state, KIRO reported.

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Constance von Muehlen, the airline's chief operating officer, said: "Our hearts are with the families of the individual aboard as well as all of our Alaska Air and Horizon Air employees".

The airport also confirmed the plane wasn't carrying passengers.

"Oh man", Rich immediately responded, "Those guys will rough me up if I try and land there". Video showed fiery flames amidst trees on the island, which is sparsely populated and only accessible by ferry.

No passengers were on board and there were no reports of injuries on the ground. More information as we learn more'.

The Horizon Air Q400 plane of Alaska Airlines was taken by an employee from the airport which resulted in interruption of air traffic at the airport. The Q400 ix a turboprop aircraft with 76 seats.

"I've got a lot of people that care about me".

Fire crews were working on putting out the fire from the crash on Ketron Island in Puget Sound.

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