Stolen Alaska Airlines plane crashes after unauthorized takeoff from Seattle-Tacoma airport

Unauthorized take off at Sea TacĀ airport	 	 	 			A Q400 Turboprop like that stolen from Sea Tac International Airport

Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer told the Bellingham Herald that information was preliminary regarding the developing incident.

#BREAKING Alaska Airlines says it is aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Video taken by a bystander showed the passenger airplane making an unlikely upside-down aerial loop, then flying low over Puget Sound before crashing into the sparsely populated Ketron Island in the northwestern USA state of Washington.

Sheriff's officials say the employee was "suicidal" and there is no connection to terrorism. Witnesses shared footage of the plane's erratic flight before it crashed in Pierce County around 8:45 p.m.

An airline mechanic who stole a Horizon Air plane from a Seattle airport told air traffic controllers that he was a "broken guy" but also joked about whether the airline would hire him as a pilot if he landed safely. The man's condition wasn't immediately known. "I don't want to. I was kinda hoping that was gonna be it. Ya know?" It did not elaborate. "And, uh, it's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. We are working background on him now", the sheriff's department tweeted.

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People posted photos and videos to Twitter of a plume of smoke and possible crash site.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee thanked the fighter pilots for keeping residents safe.

The person who took the plane was apparently not confident of landing it back at the airport. I would like to apologise to each and every one of them.

Ketron Island is about 25 miles southwest of the airport.

"Everyone was literally frozen in place muttering about what possibly happened", he said. They said there were no passengers on board. Video showed fiery flames amidst trees on the island, which is sparsely populated and only accessible by ferry.

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Alaska Air said the F-15s were scrambled from a Portland air base.

It crashed about an hour after it was stolen and did not hit any ground structures.

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Aviation Administration directed inquiries to local authorities.

Flight were delayed but normal operations have since resumed at Sea-Tac Airport. No passengers appeared to be aboard the 76-seat plane.

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