Seattle Plane Stolen By Airport Worker Found Destroyed

Seattle Plane Stolen By Airport Worker Found Destroyed

Seattle Plane Stolen By Airport Worker Found Destroyed

A stolen commercial airline from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night crashed outside Chambers Bay golf course.

"You couldn't even tell it was a plane except for some of the bigger sections, like the wing section", Eckrote said.

"I'm just a broken guy", Russell told air traffic controllers while he piloted the plane.

"We've confirmed a Horizon Air Q400 that had an unauthorized takeoff from SeaTac around 8pm has gone down near Ketron Island in Pierce County, WA". I would like to apologize to each and every one of them.

Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire said at a press conference that Russell had passed all necessary background checks and that the airport had been working on improving its security screenings. "They're not as easy to fly as, say, a Cessna 150, so I don't know how he achieved the experience that he did", Beck said.

Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said workers are "red-lighted" and denied access to airport areas they don't frequent.

The family members of the man who stole an airplane and took it on a joy ride that cost him his life described him as "warm and compassionate" and said they are "stunned and heartbroken" over his death.

Video footage on social media showed a large plane flying above the Seattle area with a F-15 fighter jet following it.

We reached out to Alaska Airlines who owns Horizon about how many people they require to tow a plane.

Authorities said an airline employee had made "an unauthorised take-off" without any passengers on board. "We are devastated by these events and Jesus is truly the only one holding this family together right now", the family said.

The freaky incident involving a worker authorities said was suicidal points to one of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel - airline or airport employees causing mayhem.

The FBI said Sunday night that it had recovered the flight-data recorder and components of the cockpit voice recorder from the wreckage, as well as human remains.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane being chased by military aircraft near the airport.

He talked about a range of things with the control tower, such as how he feels Horizon pays ground service agents a very low wage for their work.

Experts said the crash exposed alarming holes in airport security, and is likely to prompt a major review of industry security measures.

The Bombardier Q400 turboprop airplane is designed for shorter-distance flights and can seat 76 passengers, Alaska Air said on its website.

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