Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

'Stolen' plane from Seattle airport crashes into sea

'Stolen' plane from Seattle airport crashes into sea

Alaska Airlines confirmed an "unauthorised takeoff" of a Horizon Air Q400, a twin-propeller passenger plane, from Sea-Tac airport on Saturday afternoon (AEST). "Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed", Seattle-Tacoma International Airport tweeted. We believe there are no passengers on board.

The Q400 did a loop the loop and nearly crashed into Chambers Bay, and then flew further south chased by two F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the Air National Guard in Portland.

Two military F-15s chased the plane but were not involved in the crash, according to the Pierce County (Washington) Sheriff's department.

Mr Tilden said: "We are still gathering facts, but at this point, we understand there was only one person aboard, an employee of Horizon Air, who was operating the aircraft". There appear to have been no passengers on the 76-seat plane.

Alaska Airlines, the parent company, confirmed that its Horizon Air Q400 "had an unauthorized takeoff from SeaTac around 8pm has gone down near Ketron Island in Pierce County, WA".

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Investigators said the man acted alone.

Air traffic controllers attempted to talk the man into landing at McChord field - but he refused.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department has a number of vessels on scene, while the U.S. Coast Guard is on scene as well.

The commercial aircraft crashed soon after on the southern end of Ketron Island, near the Puget Sound.

"What we have is that someone stole a plane", Troyer said.

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The plane, a Bombardier Dash 8 - Q400, has the capability to hold about 75 passengers and is used for short travel in the West.

F-16 jets were reportedly dispatched in pursuit of the aircraft.

"I got a lot of people that care about me and it's going to disappoint them to hear about this", says the pilot, who ground control addresses as Rich."I would like to apologize to each and everyone of them".

"This is not a terrorist incident", a sheriff's office representative said. "We're just trying to find a place for you to land safely". It said the jets were not involved in the crash. Ketron Island is a sparsely populated island 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the airport.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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