Seattle airport employee steals plane, takes off and crash lands

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

While he was in the air, Russell described himself to air traffic controllers as "just a broken guy" with "a few screws loose". "Without him we would be hopeless".

While in the air, Russell joked for almost 20 minutes with the air traffic control agent, but admitted he had "a few screws loose" and called himself "just a broken guy".

He added: "I'm sorry about this, I hope it doesn't ruin your day [.]".

The plane was a Q400, a Bombardier turboprop plane, one of about 40 the airline has in its fleet.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command said Saturday it dispatched two F-15C alert aircraft from Portland to intercept the plane.

But he later anxious he was running low, saying the fuel had burned "quite a bit faster than I expected".

In an update on its website, Alaska Airlines said that it believed a "ground service agent" employed by Horizon Air was responsible, and that the plane had been taken from a maintenance position and was "not scheduled for passenger flight".

An airline employee stole an airplane at Seattle airport today and was chased by two military jets before crashing on a nearby island.

No injuries were reported on the ground, Pastor said, as the plane crashed and started an intense fire on the wooded, 230-acre island, which has a population of 20.

Beck said flying the "complex machine" would be more hard than a private plane. They should've gone over and said "Hey, ' if nothing else, 'Can I help you?"

But concern about the mental state of aviation workers has grown in recent years, analyst say, particularly after the 2015 crash of Germanwings 9525 flight in France, when a pilot deliberately steered his plane into a mountainside, killing 144 passengers and five crew members.

"It was unfathomable. It was something out of a movie", he told the newspaper.

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"I thought they were practicing for an air show", he said.

"We're working to find out everything we possibly can about what happened", he said.

He then said: "I wouldn't know how to land - I wasn't really planning on landing it".

"It's very unusual", she said.

Fighter jets were scrambled after Russell, 29, stole a 76-seat Horizon Air plane at about 7.32pm local time on Friday. A thorough check of FAA databases showed no evidence Russell had any level of pilot license. It may seem hard for those watching at home to believe, but Beebo was a warm, compassionate man.

"They don't have any of that stuff", the air-traffic controller assures him. Horizon is owned by Alaska Air Group, Inc., which also owns Alaska Airlines.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday morning that President Donald Trump is "monitoring the situation".

"Until the Federal Bureau of Investigation has the opportunity to get better background on the person, find out what motive they had, it's a little too early to make a determination on what the objective was", Debra Eckrote, the NTSB's western Pacific region chief, said at a news conference.

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

The fuselage was fragmented and appeared to be upside down, said Debra Eckrote, regional chief for the National Transportation Safety Board.

"Governor Jay Inslee thanked the Air National Guard from Washington and OR for scrambling jets and said in a statement "there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding tonight's tragic incident". You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.

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