Stolen Horizon Air plane crashes in Puget Sound island

Alaska Airlines planes are seen at Seattle Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac Wash. Oct. 30 2013

Airline Worker Steals Aircraft, Crashes Near Seattle

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Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor described the incident as a "joyride gone terribly wrong", adding that the pilot "did something foolish and may well have paid with his life".

No passengers were on board and there were no reports of injuries on the ground.

Acted alone he is 29-year-old Pierce county residence.

Planes sit on the tarmac at Sea-Tac International Airport after service was halted.

It is not clear how the man was able to taxi the plane on a runway and take off without authorisation.

"Safety is our number one goal", said Brad Tilden, chief executive of Alaska Airlines.

An airline employee "conducted an unauthorized takeoff" of an airplane carrying no passengers at the major airport in the northwestern U.S. state of Washington, airport officials said on Twitter.

"Dozens of personnel were out at the crash site, and co-workers and family members were being interviewed", he said.

I want to thank the Air National Guard from Washington and OR for scrambling jets to keep Washingtonians safe.

The sheriff´s office said the F-15s arrived minutes after the plane was stolen and kept the aircraft "out of harm´s way and people on the ground safe". That's why the F-15s got scrambled to deal with this issue, and it seems highly likely that they would have fired on the plane if it made any aggressive moves towards airports or cities. "We have no indication of any casualties other than the person on the plane".

Video from a witness on the ground shows the plane at one point pulling up for a loop, putting the aircraft upside-down and then pulling back up just feet above a body of water.

The happy husband portrayed on Hannah's Instagram is a far cry from the self-described "broken guy" who reportedly committed suicide by plane crash on Friday evening.

In a statement, his family said his "intent was not to harm anyone", referring to audio recordings of Russell talking to air traffic control during the flight.

"I think I'm gonna try to do a barrel roll, and if that goes good, I'm just gonna nose down and call it a night", the man joked with a calm air traffic control agent in a publicly released recording of the conversation.

The pilot can also be heard apologising for his actions. "I would hope it is for a guy like me", he said.

Later, Mr Russell said: "I've got a lot of people that care about me". "I would like to apologise to each and every one of them".

A two-acre fire burns early Saturday on the Puget Sound island where the plane crashed.

He then said he would perform a last barrel role before he crashed into a sparsely populated area of Ketron Island.

According to the, witnesses reported seeing the Bombardier Q400, a turboprop aircraft, perform a loop-the-loop and almost slam into Chambers Bay, all while being pursued by fighter jets.

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