Stolen Horizon Air plane crashes in Puget Sound island

Stolen Horizon Air plane crashes in Puget Sound island

Stolen Horizon Air plane crashes in Puget Sound island

At one point, he apologizes and says he is a "broken guy" with "a few screws loose". "It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this", Rich said.

He told them, "Those guys will rough me up if I try and land there". "Never really knew it, until now".

He appeared to have acted alone and was suicidal, according to the local sheriff's department. It did not elaborate.

"This is probably jail time for life, huh?" he later asks, according to a recording provided by the Seattle Times.

"I understand you have a lot of questions but our investigation aims to be thorough", Dietrich-Williams said via email. "But could you start a left turn please?" "I'm down to 2,100 (pounds)", he is heard saying.

The air-traffic controller responded calmly, seeming not to want to upset Rich as the conversation continued and he tried to coax Rich into landing somewhere. "I don't know what the burnage is like on takeoff, but it burned quite a bit faster than I expected". I wouldn't want to do that-Oh! On Friday around 7:32 p.m., he got in the cockpit of an empty 76-seat Horizon Air turboprop plane and took off without authorization.

In this long-exposure photo, smoke and an orange glow are seen on Ketron Island in Washington state, early Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 as viewed from near Steilacoom, Wash.

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Alaska Airlines said no structures on the ground were damaged.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command said Saturday it dispatched two F-15C alert aircraft from Portland to intercept the plane.

Mr Russell's family said in the statement that the recordings showed he wasn't planning to harm others.

As Mr Waldron was preparing to "run and take cover", he looked back and "saw a bright, pinpoint area of flame".

Airline and airport officials would not say during a briefing to reporters Saturday exactly when airport staff determined the plane was in the process of being stolen.

They also said he didn't have a pilot's license, and that it is unclear how he attained the skills to do loops in the aircraft before crashing about an hour after taking off. The plane was "highly fragmented and the wings are off", she said.

No passengers were on board and there were no reports of injuries on the ground. Fire trucks had to travel to the island by ferry to extinguish the blaze.

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It wasn't immediately clear what training, if any, the man had in flying planes.

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Air traffic controllers and pilots could be heard discussing a "ground stop" and dealing with a backlog of aircraft.

"So, (he) had some knowledge but clearly wasn't a commercial pilot".

He had worked for Horizon Air for 3-1/2 years and had clearance to tow planes, Alaska Airlines Chief Executive Brad Tilden said at the news conference. The aircraft then crashed into Ketron Island, 40 km to the southwest of the Seattle/Tacoma Airport.

"He was a faithful husband, a loving son, and a good friend", the Russell family said in a statement.

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