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Authorities don't believe man who stole plane had a pilot's license
12 August 2018, 02:58 | Hattie Nash
Alaska Airlines said the stolen plane belonged to their sister carrier Horizon Air More
The 29-year-old used a pushback tractor to first manoeuvre the aircraft so he could board and then take off on Friday evening, authorities added. The aircraft's unpredictable flight pattern terrified onlookers, who got photo and video footage of the plane's ill-fated excursion.
According to the mercurynews.com, 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.
In a news release issued Saturday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said two F-15C alert aircraft were scrambled from Portland but did not fire upon the plane.
All flights were grounded at Seattle-Tacoma worldwide airport in the USA when a passenger plane took off without permission.
"No security violations were committed", said Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden. We have police boats, we have everybody responding.
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. We know who he is.
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Sea-Tac airport confirmed the plane was down a short time later. There were no passengers aboard.
An airline employee stole an airplane at Seattle airport today and was chased by two military jets before crashing on a nearby island.
The McDonnell-Douglas aircraft are single-seat tactical fighters, with armament that includes sidewinder missiles and a six-barrel cannon.
"It may seem hard for those watching at home to believe, but Beebo was a warm, compassionate man", Mathews said. The tweet said the crash may have been caused by the mechanic 'doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills'. "To our knowledge, he didn't have a pilot's license", Horizon CEO Gary Beck said at a news conference.
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Instead, the F-15 pilots and air traffic controllers tried to guide the plane west, away from populated areas, said Hillier. No structures on the ground were damaged by the plane, which sparked a small wildfire.
Officials from Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air said they were still working closely with authorities as they investigate what happened.
"An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound". "I'm a broken guy who had a few screws loose".
Local media citing sources at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) air force base said one or more F-15 fighter planes contacted the rogue aircraft and it crashed soon afterwards.
"Those guys will rough me up if I try and land there".
"Governor Jay Inslee thanked the Air National Guard from Washington and OR for scrambling jets and said in a statement "there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding tonight's tragic incident".
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