Russell, 29, worked for Horizon Air's ground crew as a member of the tow team, Christenson said.
An empty Bombardier Q400 was stolen by a Horizon Air Mechanic between 8:30 PM and 8:45 PM from a cargo ramp stand in Seattle.
It is believed that he was a mechanic who took the plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
England vs India, 1st Test, Day 2: 5 Talking Points
With just two days and a session left in the Test match, England have done well to all but take an Indian win out of the equation. While Chris Woakes and Johnny Bairstow were tormenting the Indian bowlers, Kohli had to leave his troops to treat his sore back.
A former airline colleague of Russell described him as a "quiet guy". "I'm down to 2,100 (pounds)", he is heard saying.
Then later he began to worry about his fuel.
An air traffic controller called him "Rich", and tried to convince him to land the airplane.
Warning: some might find the following audio disturbing. "That's McChord" (meaning the military airfield at Joint Base Lewis-McChord). "I'm glad you're not, you know, screwing up everyone else's day on account of me". They attempted to divert the aircraft toward the Pacific Ocean while maintaining radio communication with controllers and Russell.
"They don't have any of that stuff", the air-traffic controller assures him. "So, I started to capture video, just because I thought it was kind of freakish", he toldCNN. "I would hope it is for a guy like me".
In a recording posted to Broadcastify, the pilot can be heard calmly chatting with Air Traffic Control.
His final words were: "This is jail time for life, huh?"
"Oh, Richard", said the controller, "We're not going to worry or think about that". "A couple of the turns, it looked like what we call in basic flight training a 'coordinated turn, ' meaning that he not only used the yoke ... but you also coordinate with the rudders and you do the turns". "It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this".
One witness filmed the plane doing a large loop-the-loop, which they first thought was part of an air show rehearsal.
While in the air, Russell joked for almost 20 minutes with the air traffic control agent, but admitted he had "a few screws loose" and called himself "just a broken guy". "Never knew it, until now".
"I feel like one of my engines is going out or something", Rich says.
The pilot, identified as "Rich", comes across as excitable, confused, and even apologetic in a conversation with the control tower.
After take-off he performed at least one dramatic roll, pulling the aircraft up just metres from the water before gaining altitude again.
"We saw the jets circle back after and she texted that there was no plane", she added.
Hurricane Hector to pass just south of Hawaii
Hector's strongest winds are confined to about 40 miles from the eye and are not expected to affect the island. Hawaii County officials declared a precautionary state of emergency ahead of the storm.
Royal King told The Seattle Times he was photographing a wedding when he saw the low-flying turboprop being chased by two F-15s. He was a faithful husband, a loving son, and a good friend. "This is a tragedy", he said. Russell "had access legitimately" to the plane, said Mike Ehl, director of aviation operations at the airport in the northwestern USA state of Washington, adding that "no security violations were committed".
Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Coming This Weekend
A New Moon occurs on August 11 which will make the night skies ideal for meteor shower watching before and after the peak night. Last year, the meteor shower was more hard to see, as the moon was three quarters full.
EPL: Manchester United vs Leicester City
However, a move did not materialise and Mourinho must now work with the same central defensive setup as he did last season. Had they not got to the final of the Champions League last season I actually think they could have finished second.
Erdogan warns Turkey's partnership with US 'in jeopardy'
The lira has always been falling on worries about Erdogan's influence over monetary policy and worsening relations with the US. Investors in Turkey are also anxious about President Erdogan's interference in the country's central bank.
Ryan Fox still in touch with US PGA Championship leaderboard
He reached the par-5 eighth hole in two shots and two-putted for a birdie to climb to four under and six shots off the pace. At the par-3 sixth he blasted out to 14 feet and sank the clutch par putt, then parred seven before the storm struck.
Ikea opens its first Indian store in Hyderabad
Its first showroom will display more than 7,500 of its products, of which 1,000 will sell for less than 200 rupees ($2.91) apiece. At the Hyderabad store, it now has 8 female forklift drivers and has recruited around 100 girls from the DISHA pilot project.
Florida police encouraged to boycott Dolphins games
At least five players silently demonstrated during the national anthem during a full slate of preseason NFL games on Thursday. The policy was frozen after the league received a wave of complaints from players.
Look up: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend
Friday and Saturday night, where visitors can look through the telescope to view Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and potentially Venus. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.
Tesla shares fall 5 percent amid news of expansive SEC probe
Musk and SoftBank held unsuccessful talks about a take-private deal in April 2017, according to a source familiar with the matter. Securities and Exchange Commission has since begun to make its own inquiries to check the veracity of Musk's controversial tweet.