Mechanic steals plane from Seattle airport, crashes after being chased by jets

Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, ALMOST crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed. Weird times.

— bmbdgty (@drbmbdgty) August 11, 2018

SEATTLE — A Horizon Air plane reportedly crashed outside of Seattle on after being stolen from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night, officials said.

Fighter jets were seen pursuing the plane, which appears to have crashed near Ketron Island.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said it appears a mechanic at the airport took the plane.

“Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island,” the sheriff’s office said via Twitter.

The Horizon Air Q400’s departure was described by airport officials as an unauthorized takeoff. Alaska Airlines officials said they believe no one else was on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued the following statement:

“We can’t confirm anything at this time. We’re trying to get accurate information about what is actually going on. Without confirming anything, a stolen aircraft would be a security issue.

“The FAA is not a security agency, although we work closely with other government agencies on security issues.”

Check back for updates.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


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