Horizon Air Q400 Hijacked from Seattle

BREAKING NEWS: Horizon Air Q400 Hijacked from Seattle

He is reported to be a Pierce County resident.

Witnesses present at the airport reported a chase between the "stolen" plane and two F-15 fighter jets, which was scrambled following the "theft".

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said the man "did something foolish and may well have paid with his life".

"I was outside watering and heard the jets, saw the plane coming, and something told me to get my phone and record", said Leah Morse, who took a video of the plane tailed by jets flying over her house. He flew through the air performing all kinds of unsafe maneuvers before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound.

Transcripts of his conversation with air traffic control reveal a man who appears surprised about his feat, who is unclear as to the full operations of the plane, who has no intention to hurt anyone and who ultimately apologises to his loved ones, saying he is "just a broken guy". Just a broken guy. At another point he jokingly says he won't be able to get a job after the incident because "I'm a white guy".

Beck marvelled at the amateur piloting. "Can this thing do a black flip thing?".

The mechanic, referred to as "Rich", said that he wanted to do "a barrel roll, and if that goes good.nose down and call it a night".

The wooded area is hard to access, and because there are no fire engines on the island, everything has to get to there via ferry, Adams said. "Oh, they've probably got anti-aircraft". He was identified as a ground service agent Friday by Alaska Airlines, Horizon's parent corporation.

The stolen plane was a twin engine turboprop Q400 airplane belonging to its sister carrier Horizon Air, Alaska Airlines said on Twitter. "This is what we call the inside risk", he said, explaining that the security measures should not only be aimed at passengers, but also at employees.

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Fire crews and boats are responding to the scene. He knew something was off, he said Friday night.

"Oh, Richard", said the controller, "We're not going to worry or think about that. We are sending resources and people".

The sheriff's office confirmed that F-15 fighter jets were scrambled to keep the plane out of harm's way and people on the ground safe.

As per the latest update, officials at Sea-Tac International Airport say an Alaska Airlines plane that was stolen by an airline employee and has crashed.

It will be up the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get to the bottom of how he did it and why, Eckrote said. Canadian journalist Jimmy Thompson copied some of the haunting audio from Broadcastify over to Twitter, where the pilot explained himself. It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this ...

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

Authorities initially said the man was a mechanic but Alaska Airlines later said he was an employee who helps direct aircraft to gates and de-ice planes. He knew something was off, he said. He briefly turned away, then turned back and saw the explosion as the plane crashed. The jets were not involved in the crash, it said.

"It was unfathomable, it was something out of a movie", he told the newspaper. 'The smoke lingered. You could still hear the F-15s, which were flying low'.

This is a developing story, more information to come.

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