Airline employee steals, crashes plane near Seattle
US authorities are investigating the Friday night crash of a
Horizon Air Q400 aircraft near Seattle-Tacoma airport in
Washington state after an airline employee took off without
clearance and flew the plane for about an hour before it crashed.
Two F-15 military fighter jets went up into the air in order to
intercept the stolen airliner, and the airport closed for a short time.
There were no passengers on board except the person who was
operating the plane. It is believed that he is Richard Russel, a 29
year old local man who worked for the airline. Some media
images showed the aircraft doing complicated and dangerous
flying before crash. In an audio recording a conversation with an
air traffic controller, the person piloting the aircraft said he was a
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