Airline employee steals plane from Washington airport and crashes into island

Airline employee steals plane from Washington airport and crashes into island

Local media showed video of a fire from the crash on Ketron Island in Puget Sound.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane being chased by military aircraft before it crashed on Ketron Island, a small island in the Puget Sound that is home to about two dozen residents. There were no passengers aboard.

The sheriff said earlier that the man was a airline mechanic, but the airline said the employee was a ground service agent.

The Sheriff's Department said it was "not a terrorist incident".

Constance von Muehlen, the chief operating officer of Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, posted a video statement on the incident late Friday, saying that the airline believes the plane "was taken by a single Horizon Air employee, and that no other passengers or crew were on board".

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.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement, thanking Air National Guard from Washington and OR for their quick response, and saying, "There are still a lot of unknowns surrounding tonight's tragic incident of a stolen Horizon Airline plane from Sea-Tac Airport".

Sheriff's officials say a man who stole an Alaska Airlines plane from an airport in Washington state was "suicidal" and there is no connection to terrorism.

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A Horizon Air Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, reported to be hijacked, flies upside down over University Place, Washington, the US, before crashing in the South Puget Sound, August 10, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. No one else was believed to be on board the Q400 turboprop.

Officials with Alaska Airlines confirmed the plane as a Bombardier Q400 that belongs to Horizon Air. All the while, an air traffic controller is instructing the man to safely land the plane. I wouldn't want to do that.

No passengers were onboard and normal operations have resumed at the airfield, the airport said on Twitter.

Released radio conversation between the man and air traffic controllers goes on for more than a half hour. "I would hope it is for a guy like me". Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Those guys will rough me up if I try and land there.

The status of the man, described by authorities as "suicidal", was not immediately clear Saturday morning. "Never really knew it until now".

Witnesses described the surreal scene after the plane left the airport.

Within minutes of the plane's takeoff, the military scrambled two F-15 jets from OR to follow it, authorities said. "The smoke lingered. You could still hear the F-15s, which were flying low". It said the jets were not involved in the crash.

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