Alaska Airlines reports stolen aircraft, witnesses report chase


Seattle-Tacoma International Airport confirmed an airline employee stole the plane.

A 29-year-old airline employee stole an aircraft from the runway of a Seattle airport, leaving the about-to-board staff and customers in the terminal on Friday night. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department and the Coast Guard dispatched rescue vessels to the scene.

The plane was a Horizon Air Q400, according to a statement from Horizon's partner airline Alaska Airlines.

An empty Bombardier Q400 was stolen by a Horizon Air Mechanic between 8:30 PM and 8:45 PM from a cargo ramp stand in Seattle. This is not a terrorist incident.

Two F-15s fighter jets pursued the plane but were not involved in the crash, local TV station KIRO7 reported.

"I would like to apologise to each and every one of them. We are working back ground on him now", the sheriff's department tweeted shortly before 10 p.m. The F-15s were scrambled from Portland and were not involved in the crash. We know how he is. They did not specify whether or not it was a pilot.

Ms Morse's mother, who lives closer to the area where the plane went down, said her whole house shook. John Waldron was walking along a trail near the bay when he noticed the two military jets following a plane that appeared to be doing acrobatics.

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Witness footage shows the plane's erratic flight prior to the crash.

Rezaye said additional reinforcements had been rushed to Ghazni late Friday, after United States forces deployed attack helicopters and launched at least one drone strike to push back the Taliban fighters. Ketron Island is a sparsely populated island 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the airport.

In the 25 minute-long recording posted to Broadcastify, the pilot can be heard calmly chatting with Air Traffic Control.

An air traffic controller called the man "Rich", and tried to convince the man to land the airplane.

"Alright", the man in the airplane responds.

"I hit some turbulence around Rainier but there were no clouds there", the pilot says. "I don't want to". "But holy smokes, I got to stop looking at the fuel, because it's going down quick". Lines were modest and most flights were on time.