Flight Data and Human Remains Found in Stolen Sea-Tac Plane

Seattle plane crash: Family of man who crashed stolen plane issue statement | Daily Star

Russell, 29, worked for Horizon Air for 3½ years.

"We are stunned and heartbroken", Richard Russell's family said in a statement read by a friend. Jesus is truly the only one holding this family together right now.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) scrambled F-15C fighter jets from a military base in nearby Portland to tail the Q400 and try to direct the rogue aircraft out towards the Pacific Ocean, with initial fears it could be an act of terrorism.

The family of a man who authorities say stole an airplane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and later crashed it called him a faithful husband, loving son and good friend.

Gary Beck, President and CEO of Horizon Air, said in a statement the plane crashed "about an hour" after it left Sea-Tac airport.

Security personnel were shocked by how easily Russell was able to fly off with the 76-seat turboprop plane.

The airline worker, whose nickname was Beebo, has not yet been formally named as the pilot of the plane but he has been identified as such by his family and by USA media.

"He was a nice guy", Kaelin said.

On the issue of background checks and mental-health screenings, it's possible airports could add screenings for ramp workers, Price said, or they could emphasize training for workers to be on the lookout for unusual or concerning behavior. The video then shows footage of a sight-seeing plane tour in Ketchikan, Alaska, and of trips to France and Mexico.

Some skills could have been acquired form his job while watching others, while flight simulator software may have helped him familiarise himself with how the plane works.

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Investigators worked to find out how an airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets.

At a news conference, officials from Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air said that they were working with authorities. Relatives and co-workers identified the man as Mr Richard Russell.

Authorities are investigating how an Alaska Airlines group employee in Seattle managed to seize an empty airplane, take it for a weird joyride over Puget Sound, and finally, chased by military jets, crash it in an apparent suicide on a sparsely populated island off Tacoma, Washington. No one outside the plane was injured, officials said.

Southers said the man could have caused mass destruction. Outside of the USA, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources. He was presumably killed about an hour later when the aircraft crashed into a small island southwest of Seattle.

"The greatest threat we have to aviation is the insider threat", Erroll Southers, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and transportation security expert, told the Associated Press.

The data recorder will be sent Monday to the NTSB lab in Washington, D.C., to be analyzed this week by NTSB and FBI investigators, according to a source.

Paul Pastor, Pierce County sheriff, said there was no indication that the intent was to harm others.

"This is going to be a major learning event for the industry", CNN aviation analyst Justin Green said.

"This is too big a deal". He used one to back the plane out of a maintenance area.

"This particular case is very, very unique so any decision to fire like that would have been very coordinated, through many levels, with officials on the ground", he said.

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