A plane took off from Sea-Tac Airport earlier tonight after having apparently been stolen. Per multiple reports, the plane has crashed.
An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.
— Sea-Tac Airport (@SeaTacAirport) August 11, 2018
Stolen horizon airplane crashed into Ketron island. Preliminary info is that a mechanic from unknown airlines stole plane. Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island
— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) August 11, 2018
#BREAKING: A senior federal aviation source tells ABC News that a ground employee got a hold of an empty Horizon Air Dash-8 — ATC was in communication with the pilot and was able to vector the pilot away from the city. NORAD scrambled fighters.
Aircraft crashed on Ketron Island
— Jeffrey Cook (@JeffreyCook) August 11, 2018
— Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) August 11, 2018
Incident at #SeaTac airport. We just got off the phone with an Alaska Air passenger who was about to take off but the captain told them a Horizon Air employee stole an empty plane and was flying it around erratically. Working to get more information @komonews @SeaTacAirport pic.twitter.com/CT2BvKP5pn
— Tammy Mutasa (@TammyKOMO) August 11, 2018
— Bettina Hansen (@bettinahansen) August 11, 2018
Alaska Airlines earlier confirmed there was an “unauthorized take-off”:
We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more.
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) August 11, 2018
You can watch live coverage from KING5 above.
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