An airline worker took off in a airplane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night time in an episode that ended with the airplane crashing about 30 miles from the airport, the authorities mentioned.
“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 concerned 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 workplace said in a tweet stolen Horizon airplane had crashed on Ketron Island.
“Preliminary info is that a mechanic from unknown airlines stole plane,” the workplace mentioned. “Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island.”
Jason Bailey contributed reporting.