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Plane Is Stolen From Seattle Airport Before Crashing

Plane Is Stolen From Seattle Airport Before Crashing

An airline employee took off in a plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night in an episode that ended with the plane crashing about 30 miles from the airport, the authorities said.“An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac,” the airport said in a tweet. “Aircraft has crashed in south Puget…


An airline employee took off in a plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night in an episode that ended with the plane crashing about 30 miles from the airport, the authorities said.

“An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac,” the airport said in a tweet. “Aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.”

Alaska Airlines said in a tweet that the takeoff involved a turboprop, a Q400, flying for Horizon Air, a subsidiary. “We believe there are no passengers on board,” it added.

The Pierce Country sheriff’s office said in a tweet that a stolen Horizon airplane had crashed on Ketron Island.

“Preliminary info is that a mechanic from unknown airlines stole plane,” the office said. “Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island.”

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