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Jet crashes after rogue employee steals Alaska Airlines plane in Seattle - 6 months ago, 11 Aug 10:00

By: Mirror

A man stole and crashed a plane following an "unauthorised take off" at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle on Friday evening, authorities say.

Video appears to show the plane, believed to be an Alaska Air Q400, flying overhead as a fighter jet follows in pursuit.

The Peirce Country sheriff’s office confirmed that it was not a "terrorist incident”.

Two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled to the location but were not involved in the crash, it added.

It is believed that the pilot was a 29-year-old mechanic who worked for another airline and had little knowledge of flying.

An audio recording reveals air traffic control communicating with the pilot as they attempt to guide him through aerospace.

Sea-Tac Airport confirmed on Twitter that the plane crashed in nearby on Ketron Island, near Puget Sound in Washington State.

No other passengers were onboard the plane.

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