Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

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

A Q400 Turboprop like that stolen from Sea Tac International Airport A Q400 Turboprop like that stolen from Sea Tac International Airport
Ginger Lawrence | 12 August, 2018, 08:14

"Acted alone he is 29-year-old Pierce county residence [sic]", the department tweeted. The aircraft then crashed into Ketron Island, 40 km to the southwest of the Seattle/Tacoma Airport.

It was unclear where he got the skills to perform such manoeuvres, authorities said.

The flight lasted 90 minutes and the crash site is on Ketron Island, a sparsely populated area in Puget Sound. "They probably have anti-aircraft", he responds.

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

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Ayn S Dietrich-Williams said agents were working with the transportation safety board and other groups to process the scene of the crash on Ketron Island.

During the conversation, the man says he had put some fuel in the plane "to go check out the Olympics" - the Olympic Mountains that lie about 100 miles (160 kilometers) away. Southers is director of homegrown violent extremism studies at the University of Southern California.

The married airport employee, 29, "hijacked" the Alaska Airlines plane before performing stunts in the sky as he was tailed by fighter jets today. Video shows him doing large loops and other risky maneuvers.

The aircraft took off and began manoeuvering over Puget Sound. He said the man who took the plane appeared to have died.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the man who stole a plane from Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle before crashing it into a small, nearby island.

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On Saturday morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told media that President Donald Trump was briefed on the incident and is now "monitoring the situation" in Seattle. He is now at his New Jersey golf club. She commended the response effort for its "swift action" and public safety protection. The man's condition after the crash wasn't immediately known.

It also said "this was not a terrorist incident".

Troyer said the man who stole the plane is a mechanic at the airport. Alaska Airlines said he was an employee who helps direct aircraft to gates and de-ice planes.

Richard Russell, 29, has been identified as the airport employee who randomly stole an Alaska Airlines Horizon Air Q400 jet at Seattle-Tacoma airport on August 10 and took it on a joyride by himself before he crash landed and sadly died.

As two fighter pilots flew behind and closed in on the Q400, Richard crash-landed the plane in a cloud of smoke. Although he never claimed he was trying to kill himself while conversing with air traffic controllers, some of his comments about never intending to land the plane and having a few "screws loose" indicate he may have had suicidal intentions and/or was mentally ill.

Later the man said: "I've got a lot of people that care about me". I would like to apologise to each and every one of them. "I was kind of hoping that was going to be it, you know". There were no passengers aboard.

The family of an airline employee who stole a passenger plane before crashing it in Seattle has made a statement to United States media, describing Richard "Bebo" Russell as a "kind and gentle" man. But he repeatedly refuses to land the plane, and returns multiple times to the idea of doing a barrel roll in the passenger plane. "Witnesses said a. plane is going down". He said he didn't see the crash but saw smoke.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Alaska Airlines said, "We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400".