Alaska Airlines plane crashes after unauthorised take-off from Seattle airport

Leroy Wright
August 11, 2018

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said in a Twitter posting that an airline employee had performed "an unauthorized takeoff without passengers" before the crash. "Hopefully it is just a stolen plane with one pilot and no passengers".

"Most terrorists don " t do loops over the water", Sheriff Paul Pastor said.

The plane crashed at about 9:30 p.m. on Ketron Island, about 40 miles south of Sea-Tac Airport. The tiny island is accessible only by ferry.

Gov. Jay Inslee thanked the Air National Guard from Washington and OR for scrambling jets and said in a statement "there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding tonight's tragic incident".

Austin Jenkins, from our partner Northwest News Network, was on Ketron Island on Friday night.

Military jets were scrambled from Portland, but it does not appear that these jets were involved in the crash of the Horizon aircraft. "Police boats and helicopters are circling". She says this is the plane. Video showed fiery flames amidst trees on the island, which is sparsely populated and only accessible by ferry. There were some fire planes in the air.

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The airline tweeted out that they are "aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400" turboprop plane, but "we believe there are no passengers on board".

The suspect was identified as a 29-year-old airline mechanic and Pierce county resident who "acted alone", Troyer added, confirming that there were "no passengers on the plane" when it crashed.

Flights from the airport were grounded as authorities dealt with the situation.

The incident closed the Seattle airport to arrivals and departures for a short time, but flights have since returned to normal.

"Last night, our mujahideen have completely conquered a battalion in Ghazni, seizing weapons and ammunition and four pickup trucks", said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a message to journalists Saturday. The Q400 ix a turboprop aircraft with 76 seats.

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