Airplane stolen from Washington airport crashes

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Pierce County Sheriff's Office says that a 29-year-old suicidal man acted alone and crashed the aircraft.

A Horizon Air Q400 plane, flown without Seattle Airport traffic controller authorization, has reportedly performed several aerobatic tricks and crashed after at least one F-15 jet was reportedly sent to intercept it.

The plane belonged to Horizon Air, which is owned by Alaska Airlines.

A stolen airplane belonging to the Alaska Airlines crashed near Seattle's Sea-Tac International Airport late on Friday.

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said in a Twitter posting that an airline employee had performed "an unauthorized takeoff without passengers" before the crash. As of 12:30 a.m., SeaTac tweeted that normal operations had resumed. There appear to have been no passengers on the 76-seat plane.

Leah Morse, who filmed the jet flying overhead, told news agency Reuters she felt in her "gut something was wrong" after spotting the plane. The aircraft crashed on Ketron Island in Puget Sound.

Law enforcement officials stand at a staging area at the ferry terminal in Steilacoom, after responding to a report of a smoke plume and possible plane crash.

Two military F-15s were scrambled to chase the stolen plane, but local officials said the jets "were not involved in the crash". The man's condition wasn't immediately known. "It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this.Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess".

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"I would like to apologise to each and every one of them".

"It was unfathomable, it was something out of a movie", King said. As a ground service agent, employees work directing aircraft for takeoff, gate approach and de-icing planes. 'The smoke lingered. You could still hear the F-15s, which were flying low'.

I want to thank the Air National Guard from Washington and OR for scrambling jets to keep Washingtonians safe.

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