Seattle Man Dead After Stealing and Crashing Plane, Investigation Underway

Alaska Airlines has confirmed an'unauthorised take-off in Seattle

Two F-15Cs from the 142nd Fighter Wing from the Portland Air National Guard Base in OR were scrambled on Friday evening after a "suicidal" airline employee absconded in a Bombardier Q-400 twin-turboprop airliner out of Seattle International Airport before crashing the aircraft on a small island.

Planes sit on the tarmac at Sea-Tac International Airport after service was halted after an Alaska Airlines plane was stolen Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in Wash.

As of now, no other people have been reported hurt, and the airport has resumed normal operations.

At a press conference, Sheriff Paul A. Pastor said it was definitely not an act of terror: "Most terrorists don't do loops over the water".

Male is confirmed a suicidal male. "Pilots kept plane out of harm's way and people on ground safe", the sheriff said on Twitter. He was only identified as an employee for Horizon Air, in a statement by Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden.

He said it appeared the man who took the plane died'.

Later on the pilot says: "I've got a lot of people that care about me".

"An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound", it read.

"No ground structures were involved at the crash site", it said.

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United States investigators found Sunday the Horizon Air passenger plane stolen by a troubled Seattle airport worker smashed to pieces on a sparsely populated island as his family reacted with "complete shock", CNN reported.

Horizon Air Chief Operating Officer Constance von Muehlen said the company believes the man who stole the plane was a Horizon employee.

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

Ms Morse's mother, who lives closer to the area where the plane went down, said her whole house shook. While in the air, he joked for almost 20-minutes with an air traffic control agent, but also called himself "just a broken guy" who was likely disappointing the many people who care about him. He crashed almost an hour after the plane was taken from a maintenance area, though officials said that it did not appear that the fighter jets were involved in the crash of the aircraft.

The plane was pursued by military aircraft before it crashed on Ketron Island, southwest of Tacoma, Washington. "We are working background on him now", the sheriff's department tweeted.

Federal investigators say a stolen Horizon Air turboprop plane broke into many pieces when it crashed into an area of thick brush on a small island in the Puget Sound.

Air traffic controllers and pilots could be heard discussing a "ground stop" and dealing with a backlog of aircraft.

"Yeah, not quite ready to bring it down just yet, but holy smokes, I got to stop looking at the fuel because it's going down quick", say the man.

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