Sea-Tac Airport Plane Crashes After 'Suicidal' Pilot Conducts Unauthorized Takeoff

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The plane was stolen at around 8 pm (0300 GMT Saturday) and crashed 90 minutes later, officials said.

Video taken by a bystander showed the airplane making a loop, then flying low over a body of water.

The weird incident involving a worker who authorities said was suicidal points to one of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel: airline or airport employees causing mayhem. Oh- they've probably got anti-aircraft...not quite ready to bring it down just yet. We're trying to get accurate information about what is actually going on.

"What a sad, surreal evening", she said.

"I think I'm gonna try to do a barrel roll, and if that goes good, I'm just gonna nose down and call it a night", the man joked with a calm air traffic control agent in a publicly released recording of the conversation.

"To my knowledge, it's not that easy I know starting turbine engines you have to wait for a certain internal rotational speed before you add the fuel", said Alex Furois.

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

A 2012 article in the World described how Russell met his wife. It did not elaborate.

Pastor said the man "did something foolish and may well have paid with his life". "A pilot on the plane in front of us just went rogue and took off on an empty plane bypassing orders from the tower. But could you start a left turn please?"

During the radio exchange, an air traffic control personnel by the name of Captain Bill attempted to steer Rich away from flying over the airport in order to avoid a collision that would risk the lives of multiple people.

"I don't need that much help".

"Alright", the man in the airplane responds.

He said: "I hope this doesn't ruin your day". "I've played video games before, so I know what I'm doing a little bit". The jets' capability was appropriate to the potential task, one of the sources said, without offering details.

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He said he was working with FBI and Military while the sheriff's department said they were working to conduct a background investigation on the man.

Alaska Air said the F-15s were scrambled from a Portland air base.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee thanked the fighter pilots for keeping residents safe.

The family of the airport worker suspected of stealing a plane from Seattle's main airport before crashing into an island have expressed their shock and grief.

The man, not yet named, took off late on Friday, forcing the airport to close while two fighter jets gave chase. "It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this", the employee said to controllers.

"Everyone was literally frozen in place, muttering about what possibly happened", he said.

Kethleen Reichel said she watched the planes pass by for about two minutes.

No passengers were on board and there were no reports of injuries on the ground. "I'm down to 2,100 (pounds)", he is heard saying.

It wasn't clear what training, if any, the man had as a pilot.

"Safety is our number one goal", Alaska Airlines chief executive Brad Tilden said. He also asks for the coordinates of an orca that had been in the news.

"They don't have any of that stuff", the air-traffic controller assures him.

It crashed about an hour after it was stolen and did not hit any ground structures.

"Last night's event is going to push us to learn what we can from this tragedy so that we can ensure this does not happen again at Alaska Air Group or at any other airline".

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