By Kyle James  |  08-11-2018   News
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An airline employee at Sea-Tac Airport stole an aircraft and crashed in South Puget Sound. The airport said the employee carried out an "unauthorized take off" in a statement on Twitter. Witnesses took video of the aircraft being chased by a fighter jet as it flew loops above Seattle.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Some dude stole a plane from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Seatac?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Seatac</a> (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, ALMOST crashed into <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChambersBay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ChambersBay</a>, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed. Weird times. <a href="https://t.co/Ra4LcIhwfU">pic.twitter.com/Ra4LcIhwfU</a></p>&mdash; bmbdgty (@drbmbdgty) <a href="https://twitter.com/drbmbdgty/status/1028130383911501824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The airline confirmed no passengers were aboard the plane which was an Alaska Airlines Q400 passenger airplane. The employee eventually crashed on Ketron Island in southern Puget Sound in what is believed to be the first aircraft theft to end with a crash.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.</p>&mdash; Sea-Tac Airport (@SeaTacAirport) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeaTacAirport/status/1028136857190584320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said the employee who stole the plane was "a single suicide male" and that there were no passengers aboard the plane. They also confirmed "this is not a terrorist incident" adding, "Preliminary info is that a mechanic from unknown airlines stole plane. Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Stolen horizon airplane crashed into Ketron island. Preliminary info is that a mechanic from unknown airlines stole plane. Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island</p>&mdash; Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) <a href="https://twitter.com/PierceSheriff/status/1028138179298189312?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) called the incident a "security issue" involving SeaTac airport. Alaska Airlines also addressed the crash saying, "We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more.</p>&mdash; Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlaskaAir/status/1028133075295727616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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A Twitter user managed to record radio chatter of the airline employee who stole the plane saying the people that care about him will be disappointed.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I&#39;m listening through the archive of the radio chatter on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/seatac?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#seatac</a> hijacking. Below are some of the clips. <a href="https://t.co/ziBAYv7cgn">pic.twitter.com/ziBAYv7cgn</a></p>&mdash; Jimmy Thomson (@jwsthomson) <a href="https://twitter.com/jwsthomson/status/1028134044502908929?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jesus. This is eerie and kind of sad. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/seatac?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#seatac</a> <a href="https://t.co/3j7knWflOc">pic.twitter.com/3j7knWflOc</a></p>&mdash; Splexy (@UhOhNoGo) <a href="https://twitter.com/UhOhNoGo/status/1028140144090595328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Source: https://www.vox.com/2018/8/11/17678062/seatac-stolen-plane-alaska-airlines-crash-what-we-know

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Rage No. 33630 1533968507

This is so sad. Mental health issues for sure. Wish it had turned out differently. Sounds like he didn't want to hurt anyone. Very sad, very scary to think it could even happen.

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