SEATAC, Wash. — Sheriff’s officials say a person who stole an Alaska Airlines plane from an airport in Washington state was “suicidal” and there’s no connection to terrorism.

Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, says on Twitter Friday night time 29-year-old airline mechanic stole the Horizon Air Q400 from Sea-Tac International Airport.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane being chased by way of army plane ahead of it crashed close to Ketron Island. There have been no passengers aboard.

The sheriff’s division mentioned they have been running to behavior a background investigation at the guy, whose title was no longer in an instant launched.

The guy may well be heard on audio recordings telling air site visitors controllers that he is “got a lot of people that care about me” and that he’s “just a broken guy.”

Preliminary data means that the mechanic stole the Horizon Air Q400 and the crash came about as a result of he was “doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills,” the sheriff’s division mentioned on Twitter.

The plane was chased by way of army plane, witnesses mentioned.

The U.S. Coast Guard was sending a 45-foot vessel to the crash scene after witnesses reported seeing a big plume of smoke within the air, Petty Officer Ali Flockerzi mentioned.

Horizon Air is a part of Alaska Air Group and flies shorter routes all over the U.S. West. The Q400 ix a turboprop plane with 76 seats.

A spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration directed questions to native government.

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