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12 August 2018, 06:45 | Hattie Nash
Airliner takes off without authorization at Sea-Tac crashes in Puget Sound A Horizon Q400 | Source Alaska Airlines
It's unclear how he attained the skills to do loops in the aircraft before crashing about an hour after taking off into a small island in the Puget Sound, authorities said. Fire trucks had to travel to the island by ferry to extinguish the blaze.
Authorities say Russell used a tow vehicle in the airport's Cargo 1 area to turn around a Q400 prop plane 180 degrees and prepare it for take-off.
Two military F-15 jets were scrambled late Friday after a "suicidal" airline worker stole and later crashed an empty passenger plane from the Seattle-Tacoma airport, local officials said. The still unidentified man, who was a Horizon Air employee, is believed to have been the only person aboard the plane when it crashed. He expressed both remorse for what he was doing and enthusiasm for attempting aerobatics, and at times seemed to imply that he meant to end his own life. "Pilots kept plane out of harm's way and people on ground safe", the sheriff said on Twitter.
The unnamed man flying the twin-engine turboprop engaged in an hour-long back and forth negotiation with air traffic control where he mentioned not intending to land the aircraft, before the fiery crash on Ketron Island in North Pierce County, just south of Tacoma.
The man who stole the plane from Seattle airport discussed landing the plane with air traffic control and also apologised to those who care for him.
Sheriff's department spokesman Ed Troyer also confirmed that two U.S. Air Force F-15s intercepted the plane within minutes of its departure from Sea-Tac, but they were not involved in its crash near Ketron Island.
The Sheriff's Department said it was "not a terrorist incident".
A "suicidal" airline employee at Seattle's Sea-Tac International Airport stole an empty plane Friday night for a weird joyride, performing risky air maneuvers under close pursuit by F-15 fighter jets before crashing into an island. "I would like to apologize to each and every one one of them".
"Oh man. Those guys will rough me up if I try and land there", Mr Russell responded and later added "this is probably jail time for life, huh?"
Jeremy Kaelin said he worked with Russell, a ground service agent at Horizon Air, in 2016. "Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess". According to a statement from Alaska, the sole man onboard, the one operating the plane, was an employee for Horizon Air.
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