Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Horizon Air Q400 Hijacked from Seattle

Horizon Air Q400 Hijacked from Seattle

All flights were grounded at Seattle-Tacoma worldwide airport in the U.S. when a passenger plane took off without permission. Without pilot training, Russell got behind the controls and positioned the plane for an unauthorized takeoff.

The plane eventually crashed on sparsely populated Ketron Island, starting a fire in the woods and killing Russell.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday morning that President Donald Trump is "monitoring the situation". I would like to apologize to each and every one of them.

Sheriff's department officials said they were working to conduct a background investigation on the Pierce County resident. They also said he was "kind and gentle to each person he met".

There was confusion and concern in the control tower and questions on the ground when the baggage handler at Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport stole an empty commuter plane.

The 29-year-old mechanic who stole a plane from a Seattle airport before crashing it into the ground was recorded telling air traffic controllers that he is "just a broken guy".

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) scrambled F-15C fighter jets from a military base in nearby Portland to tail the Q400 and try to direct the rogue aircraft out towards the Pacific Ocean, with initial fears it could be an act of terrorism. After some time, the flight got crashed in the area called Ketron Island in Washington and the suspect is reported to be dead during the crash.

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Alaska Airlines said they are not ready to share those details but they are providing that information to the FBI and federal regulators.

Russell was not known to have had a pilot's licence, Horizon Air Chief Executive Gary Beck said at a news conference, and it was not clear how he was able to take off and fly as he did.

"There's a lot of discussion about: What does this tell us?" said Michael Huerta, who retired in January as head of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane being chased by military aircraft near the airport. He was only identified as an employee for Horizon Air, in a statement by Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden.

Gregoire said the Port, airlines and other stakeholders had already begun to review security processes. No structures on the ground were damaged, Alaska Airlines said.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman said the agency was responding to a report of a smoke plume and possible plane crash. The Q400 is a turboprop aircraft with 76 seats.

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