Stolen plane crashes after 'unauthorised take-off' from Seattle airport


A scene of intense drama unfolded at Seattle's Tacoma International Airport on Saturday after a man employed as airline mechanic stole an aircraft from the tarmac of the airport only to crash land it minutes later.

A passenger plane crashed on an island in Puget Sound on Friday night, not long after a suspect conducted an "unauthorized take-off" from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state, officials said.

Pierce County Sheriff's Office says that a 29-year-old suicidal man acted alone and crashed the aircraft.

Footage captured by witnesses shows the hijacked Horizon Air Q400 performing stunts over Ketron Island near Seattle.

There were no passengers aboard.

Flight were delayed but normal operations have since resumed at Sea-Tac Airport. Then he added, "T$3 his is a single suicide male".

Horizon Air is owned by Seattle-based Alaska Airlines. Information is limited, but the airline tweeted that no passengers were thought to be on board the plane, Q13 FOX reported.

"I've got a lot of people that care about me".

Shortly after receiving reports that the plane flew "around Puget Sound", witnesses say they saw a "large smoke plume", rising from Ketron Island. "No others involved", Sheriff's Office said.

- Kai Simpson (@Kai_AHS) August 11, 2018Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly), did a loop-the-loop, nearly crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed.

"We can see evidence of fire on the hillside here on this island", he said in a reporter standup.

"I was outside watering and heard the jets, saw the plane coming, and something told me to get my phone and record", said Leah Morse, who took a video of the plane tailed by jets flying over her house. There appear to have been no passengers on the 76-seat plane.

Earlier, Alaska Airlines, the parent company of Horizon Air whose plane was stolen, tweeted a statement.

The plane was a Horizon Air Q400, according to a statement from Horizon's partner airline Alaska Airlines.