An airline mechanic stole a passenger plane from Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle, WA, Friday night, and crashed it into a nearby island.
Horizon Air is operated by Alaska Air Group. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department and the Coast Guard dispatched rescue vessels to the scene. Confirmed information. this is a single suicide male.
The hijacker has been described as a 29-year-old mechanic who worked for an "unknown airline".
Sheriff Paul Pastor said during a news conference in Steilacoom.that the pilot was "probably deceased".
All flights were grounded at Seattle-Tacoma global airport in the USA when a passenger plane took off without permission. "The Bombardier Q400 features 76 comfortable seats and boarding doors in both the front and rear of the plane for faster passenger loading and deplaning".
Royal King told The Seattle Times he was photographing a wedding when he saw the low-flying turboprop being chased by to F-15s.
"I hit some turbulence around Rainier but there were no clouds there", the pilot says. A pilot on the plane in front of us just went rogue and took off on an empty plane bypassing orders from the tower. "I would like to apologise to each and every one of them", he said. Everyone was so confused as to what was going on, because the plane was so low that the Alaska Airlines logo was totally visible.
It is reported that the aircraft crashed near Ketron Island outside Seattle.
They added that the man could be heard on audio recordings telling air traffic controllers that he's "got a lot of people that care about me" and that he was "just a broken guy". "I don't want to". As a ground service agent, employees work directing aircraft for takeoff, gate approach and de-icing planes.
By 9:30 p.m., Sea-Tac Airport also posted on twitter that "an airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers". He didn't hear the crash, but saw smoke.