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Family of airline worker who crashed stolen plane 'shocked'

12 August 2018

"I'm a broken guy who had a few screws loose. Without him we would be hopeless". "I was kinda hoping that was gonna be it. Ya know?" It appeared the ground worker used a tow vehicle to rotate the plane 180 degrees on the tarmac before climbing into the cockpit, taxiing to a runway and taking off, Alaska executives said.

"A joyride gone terribly wrong", Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said during a news conference in Steilacoom, which is about 3 miles from the island.

"I'm not quite ready to bring it down just yet", Richard said.

Troyer said the man who stole the plane is a mechanic at the airport.

One user tweeted, "Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, nearly crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed". It crashed on the south of Ketron Island, near a military facility.

A "suicidal" mechanic stole an empty passenger plane from the Seattle-Tacoma airport late Friday, took it for a brief flight that included an aerial loop, then crashed it, in an incident officials said was unrelated to terrorism. It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this ...

As two fighter pilots flew behind and closed in on the Q400, Richard crash-landed the plane in a cloud of smoke. At one point, Russell told a controller he had played a lot of video games. Although it's not yet known how Richard, who worked with airport baggage and was not a pilot, was able to get in the plane and fly it away from the airport without being caught, F-15 fighter jets were called to track him as soon as airline employees realized what was going on. I would like to apologise to each and every one of them.

But Schiavo said those security procedures are not always observed, especially for smaller aircraft like the 76-seat Bombardier Q400 hijacked Friday night. "Never really knew it until now".

"This is a complete shock to us", the family said in a statement they released Saturday night.

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I don't want to forget that. "That's the basic principle". 'He has enough experience to know exactly what [it takes]. We can not deny the other contenders. "The results I don't know, but the process of being together is nice".

The FBI is looking into the 29-year-old's background and try to determine his motive, she said.

He then saw the two jets come back around toward him, but not the plane. "To our knowledge, he didn't have a pilot's license". There were no other people on board, and the man piloting the plane has not been recovered.

Only minutes after the plane made its weird, unauthorized takeoff around 8 p.m., the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) scrambled two F-15s out of Portland to intercept it.

"I want to thank the Air National Guard from Washington and OR for scrambling jets to keep Washingtonians safe", Inslee tweeted, adding: "Those pilots are trained for moments like tonight and showed they are ready and capable".

"The greatest threat we have to aviation is the insider threat", Erroll Southers, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and transportation security expert, told The Associated Press.

An ground service agent at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is dead after stealing and crashing a commercial airliner on Friday.

Gov. 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".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday morning that President Donald Trump is "monitoring the situation". You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.

Family of airline worker who crashed stolen plane 'shocked'