11 Aug '18, 12pm

Plane stolen by 'suicidal' employee chased by military jets before crashing near Seattle

Plane stolen by 'suicidal' employee chased by military jets before crashing near Seattle

SEATAC, Wash. — A "suicidal" airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and was chased by military jets before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound on Friday night, officials said. Male is confirmed a suicidal male. Acted alone he is 29 year old Pierce county residence . We are working back ground on him now. — Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) August 11, 2018 Preliminary information suggests that the 29-year-old stole the Horizon Air Q400 and the crash occurred because the person was "doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills," the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said. Airline officials said the man is believed to be a ground service agent. Authorities initially said he was a mechanic, but Alaska Airlines later said he was an employee who helps direct aircraft to gates and de-ice planes. Witne...

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