Sea-Tac Airport Issues Statement After 'Suicidal Male' Crashes Plane

A Q400 Turboprop like that stolen from Sea Tac International Airport

A Q400 Turboprop like that stolen from Sea Tac International Airport

With F-15 jets not far behind him, the man's intentions become clear as he spoke to air traffic controllers who were trying to get the man to safely land the plane.

Russell, a Horizon Air ground service agent for three and a half years, was the only person aboard the plane, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said.

In a brief statement one day after the shocking incident, Russell's family said they were in "devastated".

"Just a broke guy, got a few screws loose I guess".

Performing barrel roles and flips before a fatal crash on the Ketron Island.

Two F-15 fighter jets took to the air from a base in Portland, Oregon, and were on the scene within minutes.

He said he was working with FBI and Military while the sheriff's department said they were working to conduct a background investigation on the man.

The plane wasn't even scheduled to fly at the time of the incident, he said.

Smoke rises from the site on Ketron Island in Washington state, US, where a Horizon Air turboprop plane crashed Friday after it was stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport as seen from the air, Saturday near Steilacoom, Wash.

Horizon Air COO Constance von Muehlen said she believed the plane had been taken by "a single Horizon Air employee" and that no other passengers or crew were on board. An airline employee had stolen a 78-seat turboprop airliner and conducted a risky joyride, complete with loops and other stunts.

"The setup in aviation in America is we secure the airfield and then we have the mindset that we have employees that are credentialed and authorized to be there", Tilden said, adding that the airline was working with authorities to investigate. For one, Russell shouldn't have been able to board the plane alone, he said.

One witness filmed the plane doing a large loop-the-loop, which they first thought was part of an air show rehearsal.

Audio clips of broadcast traffic posted by multiple users on Twitter recorded the pilot speaking to air traffic controllers, sometimes seeking advice, sometimes talking about himself. They described the man as "suicidal". "They probably have anti-aircraft". "Never really knew it until now", said Richard Russell.

"Oh, Richard", the controller responds. "Pilots kept the plane out of harm's way and people on ground safe", the sheriff said on Twitter. The man was a ground service agent, a job that includes directing aircraft for takeoff and gate approach, handling baggage and de-icing planes, authorities said.

San Francisco: A young, "suicidal" airport worker who stole an empty plane from Seattle-Tacoma Airport and took it on an hour-long flight before crashing did not commit any security violations, officials said Saturday.

"I lift a lot of bags. I was kind of hoping that was going to be it, you know". The jets were not involved in the crash, it said.

On Saturday morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told media that President Donald Trump was briefed on the incident and is now "monitoring the situation" in Seattle.

"It was unfathomable, it was something out of a movie", a resident who saw the crash told The Seattle Times.

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