A commercial airline was hijacked from Seattle-Tacoma Airport by an airline employee on Friday and pursued by two F-15 fighter jets before crashing nearby.
‘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,’ the airport tweeted at around 12.30am ET.
Alaska Airlines said: ‘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’
Earlier this evening, traffic controllers could be heard speaking to a suspect identified only as ‘Rich’, who they were urging to ‘land the plane safely and not hurt anybody’.
Alaska Airlines said: ‘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.’
The Federal Aviation Administration said: ‘We can’t confirm anything at this time. We’re trying to get accurate information about what is actually going on. Without confirming anything, a stolen aircraft would be a security issue.
‘The FAA is not a security agency, although we work closely with other government agencies on security issues.’
Dailymail.com has contacted the airport for comment.
A large Alaska Air aircraft maintenance building is viewed on takeoff from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in this undated file photo