Airliner stolen from Seattle-Tacoma airport crashes

A Horizon Q400

A SeaTac Airport employee managed to steal an Alaska Airlines plane from its hanger, taking off without permission and before crashing it on a nearby island.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office reported the situation was not a terrorist incident.

The mechanic has only been identified as a 29-year-old man from Pierce County, sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer tweeted. "We are working back ground on him now", the Pierce County Sheriff wrote.

A plane that reportedly took off without permission has sparked a major security incident at Seattle-Tacoma worldwide airport.

All planes are grounded-captain telling passengers a Horizon airliner was taken without authorization, and military jets are scrambling to intercept it.

A plane flies past a control tower at Sea-Tac International Airport Friday evening, August 10, 2018, in SeaTac, Wash. As of 12:30 a.m., SeaTac tweeted that normal operations had resumed.

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The Oregon Air National Guard confirmed two fighter jets took off from Portland International Airport and were heading to Seattle at the time this situation was unfolding.

Although the identity of the man is not known, authorities have confirmed that he was in charge of directing aircraft for takeoff, gate approach and de-icing planes. Witnesses said and Alaska Airlines plane is going down. "We heard the jet because our windows were down while we were waiting in the ferry line to go to Anderson Island which is adjacent to Ketron Island".

Audio recordings from the air traffic control tower at Sea-Tac feature the conversation between the tower and the man in the airplane. We'll move quickly to correct the record and we'll only point to the best information we have at the time.

"I thought they were practicing for an air show", he said. Eventually the plane crashed in a remote wooded area of Ketron Island in Puget Sound, leaving behind a fiery pile of debris.

Authorities said an airline employee had made "an unauthorised take-off" without any passengers on board.

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

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