Anchorage woman recalls airport experience during plane theft at SeaTac

Anchorage woman recalls airport experience during plane theft at SeaTac

Anchorage woman recalls airport experience during plane theft at SeaTac

Video showed the Horizon Air Q400, a turboprop plane that seats 76 people, doing large loops and other unsafe stunts as the sun set on Puget Sound in Washington state.

Military Times reports that NORAD directed the pilots to "fly supersonic to expedite the intercept ... while air traffic control tried to talk the pilot into landing the plane at nearby Joint Base Lewis McChord".

He told air traffic controllers: "Those guys will rough me up if I try and land there". "It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this.Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess".

In one, the controller can be heard telling the pilot: "What we don't want to see is you get hurt or anyone else get hurt, so like I said, if you want to land, that's probably the best way to go".

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

Once one of the F-15's made contact when the suicidal pilot, the plane took a nosedive and crashed in a densely wooded area - sparking a 2-acre wildfire, according to Debra Eckrote, the Western Pacific regional chief for the National Transportation Safety Board.

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The Sheriff's Department said it was "not a terrorist incident".

Alaska Airlines said the plane was a Horizon Air Q400, which had an "unauthorized takeoff" from Sea-Tac around 8 p.m. local time. "We are giving those investigators our full support and cooperation", Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden said in a statement on August 11. While Russell was in the air performing hard maneuvers in the air Amy Leddy says her Alaska Airlines flight and the flights of hundreds of other passengers were delayed.

"The fact he was out there by himself, towing the aircraft by himself. then moving the tracker out of the way, so he could get on the aircraft and move".

Ms Morse's mother, who lives close to the area where the plane went down, said her whole house shook.

"There were some maneuvers that were done that were incredible maneuvers with the aircraft", Gary Beck, CEO of Horizon Air, said of the flight that ended with a crash onto a small island.

The aircraft took off without authorization and without passengers Friday night with "an airline employee" at the controls, airport officials tweeted Friday.

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The FBI is involved in the investigation, Troyer said. An Alaska Air spokesman said he did not have information about how the incident occurred.

An ground service agent at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is dead after stealing and crashing a commercial airliner on Friday. I would hope it is for a guy like me, ' Rich says in an audio clip released by authorities.

The employee was a "ground service agent", according to Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group).

Local media described the man who stole the plane as a mechanic.

The airline tells The Associated Press that the plane was a Horizon Air Q400 and it believed no passengers were on board.

"Dozens of personnel were out at the crash site, and co-workers and family members were being interviewed", he said.

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