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'Suicidal' mechanic steals plane from Seattle airport

'Suicidal' mechanic steals plane from Seattle airport

Another witness, Kethleen Reichel, added: "My husband and I are recently former Boeing employees and we were wondering why a jet was near the passenger airplane".

A turboprop plane that was stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport has crashed on Ketron Island, near Steilacoom, authorities said. He briefly turned away, then turned back and saw the explosion as the plane crashed.

Troyer said the man who stole the plane is a mechanic at the airport. The Sheriff's Office said they were looking into his background. Confirmed info. this is a single suicide male.

The hijacker has been described as a 29-year-old mechanic who worked for an "unknown airline".

Seattle-based The Air Current.com Editor-in-Chief Jon Ostrower said that "being able to power on and do a rudimentary preflight and engine start on a commercial airliner is not only the purview of trained airline pilots".

A Horizon Air airplane was stolen from SeaTac Airport on August 10, 2018 and crashed on Ketron Island where it sparked a fire.

Some Seattle-bound flights were diverted to Vancouver.

Alaska Airlines on Twitter said the airplane was a Q400 airplane belonging to Horizon Air. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate.

"I've got a lot of people that care about me". "I don't want to".

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. "Holy smokes, I've got to stop looking at the fuel because it's going down quick". "Pilots kept plane out of harm's way and people on ground safe", the sheriff said on Twitter.

An exchange between Rich and the controller not long before the plane crashed, perhaps the final exchange, was recorded by Aviation journalist Jon Ostrower at 8:47pm and posted to his Air Current web site. We'll move quickly to correct the record and we'll only point to the best information we have at the time. "It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this". "The Bombardier Q400 features 76 comfortable seats and boarding doors in both the front and rear of the plane for faster passenger loading and deplaning".

After flying and doing air stunts for about an hour, the plane crashed at Ketron Island, the sheriff's department said. "I was hoping that was going to be it, ya know".

Witnesses told Seattle TV station KIRO that they saw the plane accompanied by two military aircraft before what they thought was a crash. "I'm a broken guy who had a few screws loose".