Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane

Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane

Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane

"There is the runway just off to your right side in about a mile", the controller told him.

"Oh, man, those guys will rough me up if I try and land there", the man says.

Preliminary information suggests the crash occurred because the 29-year-old man was "doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills", the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said.

"Yeah, not quite ready to bring it down just yet, but holy smokes, I got to stop looking at the fuel because it's going down quick", say the man.

The recordings were of radio communication between Russell and air traffic controllers.

After a ride full of unsafe loop-the-loops moves and weird conversation with the air traffic controllers, Richard wasn't able to land safely and crashed into a heavily wooded area on Ketron Island causing the jet became engulfed in flames.

He flew it for an hour, followed by two armed F-15 jets from OR that the military scrambled, before he crashed.

The FBI is leading investigations into the incident and special agent Jay Tabb said there are dozens of people at the crash site working to find answers.

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An airline employee allegedly hijacked a plane at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night right before it crashed into the Puget Sound in Washington.

Russell took the Horizon Air Q400 and flew it for 90 minutes.

Fighter jets were scrambled after Russell, 29, stole a 76-seat Horizon Air plane at about 7.32pm local time on Friday.

Pastor said the man "did something foolish and may well have paid with his life".

"We have multiple 911 calls, over 30, reporting a fireball", Troyer said. For one, Russell shouldn't have been able to board the plane alone, he said.

"I really think they could have handled it better".

"Congratulations, you did it", the control tower tells "Rich", according to audio that aired on CNN.

"He's ground support so they have access to aircrafts", she said of the man.

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It is unclear how he attained the skills to do loops in the aircraft before crashing about an hour after taking off, authorities said. "Never knew it, until now".

During his unauthorized flight, the hijacker spoke to air traffic controllers on the ground. "Last night's event is going to push us to learn what we can from this tragedy so that we can ensure this does not happen again at Alaska Air Group or at any other airline".

"I watched probably 18 planes land and line up across from us because they were getting everyone on the ground and out of the air patterns", said Leddy.

A nearby military base dispatched two F-15 fighter jets, who diverted the aircraft away from residents, before it crashed into a nearby island. He documented his feelings working at the job on his social media and said he liked to travel and was hoping to one day work in a management position at the company.

President Donald Trump was briefed and the White House praised authorities´ quick response to the crisis.

Later on the pilot says: "I've got a lot of people that care about me".

"In this plane, he certainly knew how to retract the landing gear; he coordinated both engines, powered them up to get a coordinated takeoff", she said.

One colleague said, "People did not see him as a threat".

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