Stolen Alaska Airlines plane crashes after unauthorized takeoff from Seattle-Tacoma airport

Gladys Abbott
August 14, 2018

At a news conference in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, officials from Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air said that they are still working closely with authorities as they investigate what happened. "They do not have a responsibility on the airfield", she said.

"I was really shocked", said Stratman, a retired airline pilot, author and former Air Force pilot.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday morning that President Donald Trump is "monitoring the situation".

Soon after takeoff, the U.S. military scrambled two F-15 fighter jets to track the plane, as authorities were unclear whether this was a terroristic threat or just a disturbed individual.

ATC Audio from the stolen Horizon Air Q400: "I think I am going to try to do a barrel roll and if that goes good then I am going to go nose down and call it a night".

"We're working to find out everything we possibly can about what happened", he said.

You may remember police arrested a man they say was preparing to steal an airplane from the Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport.

Officials at the Sea-Tac Airport say an airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff in Washington state and has crashed.

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A 2017 homeland security report shows almost 900,000 people work at the nation's 450 airports and the report warned: "There are increasing concerns that insider threats to aviation security are on the rise".

In radio traffic, Russell told air traffic controllers he was a broken guy and had a few screws loose, and police described him as suicidal.

"Gov. 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".

Ms Morse's mother, who lives closer to the area where the plane went down, said her whole house shook. He finally crashed into a forested island south of Seattle. "No others involved", Sheriff's Office said.

The plane was stolen at around 8pm (3am GMT yesterday) and crashed 90 minutes later, officials said.

The FBI is leading the probe, which also includes the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman said the agency was responding to a report of a smoke plume and possible plane crash. No structures on the ground were damaged, Alaska Airlines said.

The Bombardier Q400 turboprop is designed for short-distance flights and can seat 76 passengers, Alaska Air said.

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