Friday, 19 October, 2018

Local pilot reacts to stolen Horizon airplane

Seattle airport,Alaska Airlines,Aircraft stolen The airline tells The Associated Press that the plane was a Horizon Air Q400 and it believed no passengers were on board
Rhonda Young | 12 August, 2018, 07:26

Howell said he hopes people remember the Russell he knew - a "funny, great kid" who always had a smile and a joke.

Alaska Airlines said the plane was a Horizon Air Q400, which had an "unauthorized takeoff" from Sea-Tac around 8 p.m. local time. "Commercial aircraft are complex machines. No idea how he achieved that experience".

Officials said Saturday that the man was a 3.5-year Horizon Airlines employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn't a licensed pilot. Investigators were working to find out how an airline employee stole the plane Friday and crashed it after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft.

Two military F-15s chased the plane "within a few minutes of theft of plane" and "kept plane out of harms way and people on ground safe", the sheriff's department said.

He also described the emergency as "a joyride gone terribly wrong".

The sheriff's department described the man as suicidal.

Russell lived locally and had acted alone.

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Ground service agents direct aircraft for takeoff and gate approach and de-ice planes, as well as handle baggage. "We believe he was in uniform", said Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden.

"He was a quiet guy". A KTVA reporter who visited the Russells' family home in Wasilla Saturday afternoon was told that Richard had graduated from Wasilla High School in 2009, but that the family had no immediate comment. "We heard the jet because our windows were down while we were waiting in the ferry line to go to Anderson Island, which is adjacent to Ketron Island".

Questions have been raised about how a plane can be stolen from a busy airport.

The sheriff's department said they were working to conduct a background investigation on the man, whose name was not immediately released.

Royal King told the Seattle Times he was photographing a wedding when he saw a plane and two F-15 fighter jets trailing it.

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In this Twitter video, observers consider that the aircraft might be a drone and also comment on the fact that the pilot was doing tricks with the plane.

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Eyewitness John Waldron told CNN he watched the plane do "a complete loop", before it went "pretty much straight up".

In a conversation with the control tower, the pilot came across as excitable, confused and even apologetic. But he repeatedly refuses to land the plane, and returns multiple times to the idea of doing a barrel roll in the passenger plane. "I've played some video games before", he said. "I don't know! I don't want to".

Audio clips of broadcast traffic posted by multiple users on Twitter recorded the pilot speaking to air traffic controllers, sometimes seeking advice, sometimes talking about himself.

But he later anxious he was running low, saying the fuel had burned "quite a bit faster than I expected".

"I wouldn't want to do that".

"There is a protocol to not allow anyone singularly to get onboard an aircraft", Soucie said.

Attempts to talk him down failed and he radioed back: "I've got a lot of people that care about me".

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