Airline mechanic steals and crashes plane in US

by Ben Pena August 14, 2018, 4:30
Airline mechanic steals and crashes plane in US

"This is probably jail time for life, huh?" he later asks, according to a recording provided by the Seattle Times. Rich started explaining about himself that he is just a broken guy, got a few screws loose and apologises to each and every one for his acts. He doesn't know if doing them would be the way to go. He told the air-traffic controller he didn't need much help flying because he had played video games. Beck described the flight as being an hour long before the crash on Ketron Island.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee also thanked the Air National Guard from Washington and OR for scrambling jets.

According to the unverified Twitter profile of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, the plane was stolen by a mechanic from an unknown airline company, based on preliminary information.

Russell's role at Horizon, an Alaska Airlines affiliate where he had worked since 2015, involved towing aircraft, loading and unloading cargo and luggage, and cleaning the aircraft, officials said.

In his 26 years as a commercial airline pilot, Dan Stratman said he's never seen anything like the Seattle incident before. He was only identified as an employee for Horizon Air, in a statement by Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden. The Q400 is a turboprop aircraft with 76 seats.

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The Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the incident. "So that would be, they have their own security program through the TSA", said Wilsey.

"I think this is really, truly a 1-in-a-million experience", Gregoire said. But in the handful of clips, adding up to about 11 minutes, the man can be heard indicating that he wanted to do maneuvers, but didn't focus too much on landing the plane.

"You couldn't even tell it was a plane except for some of the bigger sections, like the wing section", Eckrote said. "We're just trying to find a place for you to land safely".

Investigators have recovered and are analyzing the flight data recorder and components of the cockpit voice recorder. As a ground agent who directs aircraft for takeoff and gate approach and handles baggage, he had clearance to be among aircraft, but authorities don't believe he was a licensed pilot.

Instead, the F-15 pilots and air traffic controllers tried to guide the plane west, away from populated areas, said Hillier.

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