Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Horizon Air Q400 Hijacked from Seattle

In a tweet Alaska Airlines confirmed they were aware of an incident involving an unauthorised take-off In a tweet Alaska Airlines confirmed they were aware of an incident involving an unauthorised take-off
Cristina Norman | 11 August, 2018, 16:30

Two military F-15 jets were scrambled late Friday (Aug 10) after a "suicidal" airline worker stole and later crashed an empty passenger plane from the Seattle-Tacoma airport, local officials said.

Normal operations resumed at Seattle-Tacoma airport by about 9:30 p.m. local time, airport officials said.

"We believe it (the plane) was taken by a single Horizon Air employee and no other passengers or crew were on board", she said.

The employee who stole the plane was 29 years old, from Pierce County and called "suicidal" by the sheriff's department.

An airline worker stole an empty plane from Seattle airport on Friday and crashed it into a nearby sparsely populated island, sparking a security scare that saw USA fighter jets scrambled.

Alaska Airlines confirmed the aircraft belonged to its subsidiary Horizon Air and was a Bombardier Dash-8 (Q-400) turboprop aircraft that likely had no passengers on board.

A Q400 Turboprop, like that stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport. The station aired footage of a fire at the crash site taken by its helicopter. Well I would hope it would be for a guy like me'. "We are working back ground on him now". I don't know man!

Constance von Muehlen, the Horizon Air chief operating officer, said: "Our hearts are with the families of the individual aboard as well as all of our Alaska Air and Horizon Air employees".

Irvington Billingsworth said he was at Chambers Bay Golf Course, which is southwest of Tacoma, when suddenly he saw a plane flying very low overhead. F-15 fighter jets were sent from Portland to control the situation and, if necessary to intercept it. "The FAA is not a security agency, although we work closely with other government agencies on security issues".

Waldron said it seemed that the jets were chasing down the aeroplane.

One witness filmed the plane doing a large loop-the-loop, which they first thought was part of an air show rehearsal.

"The guy didn't know how to fly or intentionally did stunts over Anderson island, and crashed into Ketron Island", Troyer said.

Two F-15s were scrambled from OR to give chase to the plane.

The governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, thanked the Air National Guard from Washington and OR on Twitter "for scrambling jets to keep Washingtonians safe".

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