Hear audio from before plane crash

Authorities have identified Richard Russell 29 as the airline employee who stole a plane Friday night and crashed it on a small island. He is presumed dead

The FBI says it also found pieces of the cockpit voice recorder from the Horizon plane, which was taken Friday from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and flown for almost an hour before crashing into a forest.

While the crash only killed Russell, the brazen stealing of a commercial airline from a major USA airport has exposed a gap in airline security.

Jeremy Kaelin said he worked with Russell, a ground service agent at Horizon Air, in 2016. Horizon Air chief executive Gary Beck stated that Russell was without a pilot's license, and that he "didn't know" how Russell "achieved the experience he did".

A ground service agent's tasks don't involve touching planes' controls, CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo said.

"There were some maneuvers that were done that were incredible maneuvers", Brad Tilden, the CEO of Horizon's parent corporation, Alaska Air, said, according to CNBC. "I know what I'm doing a little bit", he answered.

"I think if he managed to pull this off only having experience on a flight simulator, that's awesome", Price said, "and it's even more fantastic that he was able to take the plane off without even crashing it at the end of the runway".

Courtney Gregoire, the president of the Port of Seattle Commission, said in an interview Sunday that the port's director of security will meet with officials from a number of airlines who operate at the airport to discuss Friday's incident.

Russell was part of a team of ground service workers whose duties included loading and unloading baggage, tidying planes and towing. Russell sounded upbeat and excited in the conversation while air traffic controllers sounded calm.

"Well", a controller responds, "we're not going to worry or think about that".

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Others praised the air traffic controllers who calmly worked in an effort to bring the plane back.

The local sheriff's department said Russell was "suicidal" and his actions were not believed to be connected to terrorism. I wouldn't know how to punch it in."), other comments suggest he's enjoying the aerial joy ride ("Nah, I mean, I don't need that much help. "Will many of us have a better story to tell when we get to wherever we're going", one Reddit user says in a thread.

Thank you for signing up for the 5 Things to Know Newsletter. Russell is heard saying on the recording with air traffic controllers.

In Friday's incident, pilots of two F-15C fighters launched from Portland and flew at supersonic speeds to intercept the stolen plane.

While professional simulators complete with full-motion mock cockpits offer immersive experiences, YouTube tutorials and online flight simulators from gaming platforms like Steam offer more easily available training. The jets' capability was appropriate to the potential task, one of the sources said, without offering details. "It's not that hard to gather up a lot of this information".

From Sumner, in Washington state, Mr Russell described himself as "just a broken guy" in exchanges with an air traffic controller moments before he crashed an empty Bombardier Q400; a turboprop that seats 76 people.

Human remains were found at the scene, and Russell is presumed to have died in the crash, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Sunday. "I would like to apologize to each and every one one of them".

The statement said Russell, 29, was "a faithful husband, a loving son and a good friend".

The The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will send the recorder to Washington DC.to analyze the data for clues next week.

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