[UPDATE 11 p.m.] Suicidal Man Steals Plane From Seattle Airport, Chased by Two F-15’s, Eventually Crashes
Tonight, a 29-year-old mechanic from an unknown airline stole a Horizon Airlines plane from SeaTac Airport in Seattle, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. The mechanic was either “doing stunts in air” or “his lack of flying skills caused crash into [Ketron] Island.”
Photos show a fiery crash site.
“Two military F 15 chased plane but was not involved in crash,” tweeted the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
There were no passengers in the plane, wrote Ed Troyer, a Public Information Officer from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. “This is not a terrorist incident.” He explained that the information he was posting on Twitter was “[c]onfirmed info. Then he added, “[T]his is a single suicide male. We know who he is. No others involved.”
He said the man, a Pierce County resident, was acting alone.”
Troyer said he is working in conjunction “with FBI and Military.” He added, “All info sent out here is confirmed.”
UPDATE 10:43 p.m.: FOX News posted the following video.
#BREAKING Alaska Airlines says it is aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This video was taken by a woman who lives south of the airport. She says this is the plane. (Courtney Jensen Junka) pic.twitter.com/Zh3E4aGfSk
— Fox26 News (@KMPHFOX26) August 11, 2018
UPDATE 11 p.m.: This Twitter feed has excerpts of the 29-year-old man and air traffic control speaking to each other.