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    Plane stolen from Seattle airport before crashing

    An airline employee took off in a plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night in an episode that ended with the plane crashing about 30 miles from the airport, the authorities said.

    “An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac,” the airport said in a tweet. “Aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.”

    Alaska Airlines said in a tweet that the takeoff involved a turboprop, a Q400, flying for Horizon Air, a subsidiary. “We believe there are no passengers on board,” it added.

    The Pierce Country sheriff’s office said in a tweet that a stolen Horizon airplane had crashed on Ketron Island.

    “Preliminary info is that a mechanic from unknown airlines stole plane,” the office said. “Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/11/u...sh-stolen.html

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    The ATC audio is quite sad.

    "I got a lot of people that care about me. It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose I guess. Never really knew it, until now."


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    How is it possible for an unauthorised person to steal an airliner and fly it out of a leading hub airport without filing a flight plan? What was the ATC doing? How unsafe can an airport get?
    Such stunts have happened before, but only in rural bush airports in Africa, not in any advanced country.
    If this had happened in any other country, US carriers would cite 'safety reasons' and stop operations there.
    Last edited by gani999; 11th August 2018 at 07:38.

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    Man steals plane from Seattle airport and crashes



    Well, well well... Another crazy white guy does something that would freak out MSM for weeks yet its barely on the headlines.

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    How can you ‘steal’ a damn plane??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arham_PakFan View Post
    How can you ‘steal’ a damn plane??
    Very easy watch conair

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    US investigators find black box of crashed Seattle plane

    SEATTLE (AFP) - US investigators on Sunday (Aug 12) said they found the flight data recorder of the Horizon Air plane stolen by a troubled Seattle airport worker amid plane wreckage on a sparsely populated island in Washington state.

    After falling through several 30-m lines of trees, the Bombardier Q400 plane broke up into pieces small enough to pick up by hand, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Western Pacific Region chief Debra Eckrote told CNN.

    "You couldn't even tell it was a plane except for some of the bigger sections, like the wing section," Eckrote said.

    "Even the small sections, most of it doesn't resemble a plane." Ekrote said that the flight data recorder - commonly known as the airplane's "black box" - was burned but otherwise intact.

    NTSB investigators will send the recorder to Washington D.C. to analyse the data for clues next week.

    Two F-15 fighter jets chased the twin-engine turboprop plane that baggage handler Richard Russell hijacked late Friday.

    During the hour he spent in the air, Russell flew the plane in a loop - an improbable stunt caught on video by a surprised bystander - then slammed it into the small, heavily forested Ketron Island in Puget Sound.

    Authorities ruled out any link to terror, and determined Russell had flown alone. No one besides Russell was hurt, and the F-15s did not shoot down the plane, according to officials.

    The local sheriff described Russell, nicknamed "Beebo", as "suicidal" when he flew off in an empty passenger plane from Seattle's main airport late Friday. Colleagues remembered him as "quiet" and "very friendly."

    Russell's family said the incident came as a "complete shock to us".

    "It may seem difficult for those watching at home to believe, but Beebo was a warm, compassionate man," the family said in a letter, which they said would be their only statement.

    We are "stunned and heartbroken" by the incident, the letter read.

    "He was a faithful husband, a loving son and a good friend."

    Russell's role at Horizon, an Alaska Airlines affiliate where he had worked since 2015, involved towing aircraft, loading and unloading cargo and luggage, and cleaning the aircraft, officials said.

    Based on his personal blog, last updated in December 2017, Russell seemed to enjoy his job, and used airline travel benefits to visit places like Ireland and France.

    Russell was also a leader in Young Life, a local Christian youth ministry.

    "He was very, very friendly - automatically willing to bring everyone in," Hannah Holmes, who was also involved in Young Life, told The Seattle Times.

    https://www.straitstimes.com/world/u...-seattle-plane


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