'Suicidal Male' Steals Plane And Crashes After 'Unauthorized Takeoff' From Sea-Tac

In a tweet Alaska Airlines confirmed they were aware of an incident involving an unauthorised take-off

A ground worker stole an Alaska Airlines plane from Washington's Sea-Tac airport on Friday.

"Here we have an employee who was vetted to the level to have access to the aircraft and had a skill set proficient enough to take off with that plane", he said.

The sheriff's office also said that the F-15s arrived minutes after the plane was stolen and kept the aircraft "out of harm's way and people on ground safe".

The response to the fire was made more challenging by the limited availability of water, but by midday today, the fire was "pretty much out", said Debra Eckrote, regional chief for the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Coast Guard confirms that the plane crashed on Ketron Island, just off the shores of Steilacoom.

Eckrote said the plane went down in an area covered with heavy brush and trees.

She believes that once NTSB investigators reach the crash site they'll be able to find the cockpit voice recorder and the plane's data recorder. Southers is director of homegrown violent extremism studies at the University of Southern California.

Earlier, Alaska Airlines, the parent company of Horizon Air whose plane was stolen, tweeted a statement. Video has surfaced appearing to show the hijacker successfully executing the maneuver, some time before his fatal crash.

A stolen Horizon Air passenger plane flies above Puget Sound. I don't know man! It's a small island with about two dozen residents. He is now at his New Jersey golf club. The man's condition after the crash wasn't immediately known.

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

About 130 miles south of Sea-Tac, two F-15C jets of 142nd Fighter Wing, on alert round-the-clock to defend an area between Northern California and the San Juan Islands, took off.

Officials said Saturday that the man was a 3.5-year Horizon Airlines employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn't a licensed pilot.

"I feel like one of my engines is going out or something", Rich says.

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At one point, he apologizes and says he is a "broken guy" with "a few screws loose".

"I don't know man", Rich said.

Southers, the aviation security expert, said the man could have caused mass destruction.

"I lift a lot of bags".

In one, the controller can be heard telling the pilot: "What we don't want to see is you get hurt or anyone else get hurt, so like I said, if you want to land, that's probably the best way to go".

A man crashes a passenger plane in Washington State, after performing an unauthorized take-off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. There were no passengers aboard. They also will work to recover the remains of the 29-year-old Pierce County man thought to be the only person on the plane.

"FAA air traffic controllers communicated with the individual who was flying the aircraft to try to help him land safely".

"That's their job, to be around these planes", said Brad Tilden, president and CEO of Alaska.

There was no indication that the incident was an act of terror and no passengers were aboard the plane, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a series of Tweets.

"As far as taking off and navigating your way through SeaTac that's a big airport". Petty Officer Ali Flockerzi said a 45-foot vessel was headed to the scene.

The day after a Horizon Air employee stole an airplane, flew aerial stunts and crashed into a sparsely inhabited island in Puget Sound, airline executives acknowledged that more will have to be done about insider air security.

The plane, a 76-seater Q400 turboprop aircraft, belonged to Alaska Airlines.

The plane was a Horizon Air Q400, according to a statement from Horizon's partner airline Alaska Airlines.

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