A passenger plane that was stolen from Sea-Tac Airport crashed in south Puget Sound on Friday night, officials said.
This started with a security incident at Sea-Tac Airport at about 8 p.m. Sea-Tac Airport officials said an airline employee conducted the unauthorized takeoff with no passengers onboard. An Alaska Airlines statement said they believed the employee was a ground service agent who worked for Horizon Air.
Alaska Airlines officials said this involved a Horizon Air Q400.
Pierce County deputies tweeted that the plane had crashed into Ketron Island. Two military F-15s chased the plane but was they were not involved in the crash. Pierce County Deputies also confirmed that this was not a terrorist incident, and tweeted saying, "This is a single suicide male."
Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the man in the plane was a 29-year-old Pierce County resident who acted alone.
Horizon Air Chief Operating Officer Constance von Muehlen released a statement late Friday night.
Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden released a statement regarding the incident.
Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement and thanked the National Guard from Washington and Oregon for scrambling jets to keep Washingtonians safe.
The FBI has taken over the investigation.
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